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move

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verb \ˈmüv\

Definition of move

moved

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moving

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a (1) :  to go or pass to another place or in a certain direction with a continuous motion moved into the shade (2) :  to proceed toward a certain state or condition moving up the executive ladder (3) :  to become transferred during play checkers move along diagonally adjacent squares (4) :  to keep pace moving with the timesb :  to start away from some point or place :  depart It was getting late and I thought it was time to be moving.c :  to change one's residence or location decided to move to the city

  3. 2 :  to carry on one's life or activities in a specified environment moves in the best circles

  4. 3 :  to change position or posture :  stir ordered him not to move

  5. 4 :  to take action :  act The time has come to make up your mind and move.

  6. 5a :  to begin operating or functioning or working in a usual way pushed a button and the machine began movingb :  to show marked activity after a lull things really began to movec :  to move a piece (as in chess or checkers) during one's turn

  7. 6 :  to make a formal request, application, or appeal moved that the meeting adjourn

  8. 7 :  to change hands by being sold or rented goods that moved slowly

  9. 8 of the bowels :  evacuate

  10. transitive verb
  11. 1a (1) :  to change the place or position of moved the chair to a different part of the room (2) :  to dislodge or displace from a fixed position :  budge The knife had sunk deeply into the wood and couldn't be moved.b :  to transfer (something, such as a piece in chess) from one position to another moved the bishop to take the knight

  12. 2a (1) :  to cause to go or pass from one place to another with a continuous motion move the flag slowly up and down (2) :  to cause to advance moved the troops closer to the enemyb :  to cause to operate or function :  actuate this button moves the whole machinec :  to put into activity or rouse up from inactivity news that moved them from their torpor

  13. 3 :  to cause to change position or posture moved his lips but not a sound was heard

  14. 4 :  to prompt or rouse to the doing of something :  persuade the report moved us to take action

  15. 5a :  to stir the emotions, feelings, or passions of deeply moved by such kindnessb :  to affect in such a way as to lead to an indicated show of emotion the story moved her to tears

  16. 6a obsolete :  begb :  to make a formal application to

  17. 7 :  to propose formally in a deliberative assembly moved the adjournment motion

  18. 8 :  to cause (the bowels) to void

  19. 9 :  to cause to change hands through sale or rent The salesman moved three cars today.

move house

  1. British :  to change one's residence

Examples of move in a Sentence

  1. He moved the chair closer to the table.

  2. It may be necessary to move the patient to intensive care.

  3. The breeze moved the branches of the trees.

  4. The branches moved gently in the breeze.

  5. She was unable to move her legs.

  6. She was so frightened that she could hardly move.

  7. I moved over so that she could sit next to me.

  8. We moved into the shade.

  9. The police were moving through the crowd telling people to move toward the exit.

  10. We could hear someone moving around upstairs.

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Origin and Etymology of move

Middle English, from Anglo-French mover, moveir, from Latin movēre; probably akin to Sanskrit mīvati he moves, pushes

Synonym Discussion of move

move, actuate, drive, impel mean to set or keep in motion. move is very general and implies no more than the fact of changing position. moved the furniture actuate stresses transmission of power so as to work or set in motion. turbines actuated by waterpower drive implies imparting forward and continuous motion and often stresses the effect rather than the impetus. a ship driven aground by hurricane winds impel is usually figurative and suggests a great motivating impetus. a candidate impelled by ambition

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move

noun

Definition of move

  1. 1a :  the act of moving a piece (as in chess)b :  the turn of a player to move

  2. 2a :  a step taken especially to gain an objective :  maneuver a move to end the dispute retiring early was a smart moveb :  the action of moving from a motionless positionc :  one of a pattern of dance stepsd :  a change of residence or locatione :  an agile or deceptive action especially in sports

on the move

  1. 1 :  in a state of moving about from place to place

  2. 2 :  in a state of moving ahead or making progress said that civilization is always on the move

Examples of move in a Sentence

  1. He made a sudden move that scared away the squirrel.

  2. an athlete who has some good moves

  3. The policeman warned him not to make any false moves.

  4. He was afraid to make a move.

  5. No one is sure what his next move will be.

  6. He's preparing for his move to California.

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Origin and Etymology of move

see 1move


MOVE Defined for English Language Learners

move

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verb

Definition of move for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (something or someone) to go from one place or position to another

  • : to go from one place or position to another

  • : to cause (your body or a part of your body) to go from one position to another

move

noun

Definition of move for English Language Learners

  • : an act of moving your body or a part of your body

  • : an action

  • : the act of moving to a different place


MOVE Defined for Kids

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move

play
verb \ˈmüv\

Definition of move for Students

moved

;

moving

  1. 1 :  to go from one place to another Let's move into the shade.

  2. 2 :  to change the place or position of :  shift Move your chair closer.

  3. 3 :  to set in motion Come on, move your feet.

  4. 4 :  to cause to act :  persuade Your speech moved me to change my opinion.

  5. 5 :  to affect the feelings of The sad story moved me to tears.

  6. 6 :  to change position Stop moving until I finish cutting your hair.

  7. 7 :  to change residence We moved to Illinois.

  8. 8 :  to suggest according to the rules in a meeting I move to adjourn.


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move

play
noun

Definition of move for Students

  1. 1 :  the action of changing position, place, or residence a sudden move We're excited about our move to a new state.

  2. 2 :  the act of moving a piece in a game

  3. 3 :  the turn of a player to move It's your move.

  4. 4 :  an action taken to accomplish something a career move


Medical Dictionary

move

play
verb \ˈmüv\

Medical Definition of move

moved

;

moving

  1. 1

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to go or pass from one place to another

  4. 2of the bowels :  to eject fecal matter :  evacuate

  5. 1

  6. transitive verb

  7. :  to change the place or position of

  8. 2:  to cause (the bowels) to void


Law Dictionary

move

verb

Legal Definition of move

moved

moving

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make a motion moved to seize the property
  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to request (a court) by means of a motion moved the court to vacate the order



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