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
Examples of move in a Sentence
He moved the chair closer to the table.
It may be necessary to move the patient to intensive care.
The breeze moved the branches of the trees.
The branches moved gently in the breeze.
She was unable to move her legs.
She was so frightened that she could hardly move.
I moved over so that she could sit next to me.
We moved into the shade.
The police were moving through the crowd telling people to move toward the exit.
We could hear someone moving around upstairs. Noun
He made a sudden move that scared away the squirrel.
an athlete who has some good moves
The policeman warned him not to make any false moves.
He was afraid to make a move.
No one is sure what his next move will be.
He's preparing for his move to California. See More
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The coolest feature of the Dyson Corrale is the flexible plates that move with the hair.—Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 24 Nov. 2023 Given Apple’s huge following, rave reviews, and popularity around the holidays, many of these gadgets are likely to move quickly or sell out completely before Black Friday ends.—Jessica Leigh Mattern, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 But as the moving new documentary American Symphony shows, Batiste, like so many artists, has a complex private life that his public rarely glimpses.—Rebecca Milzoff, Billboard, 24 Nov. 2023 The Planning Commission voted 6-0 during its meeting last week to move ahead with a code change that would allow for no more than 30 short-term rental permits to be approved...—Marc Hayot, arkansasonline.com, 24 Nov. 2023 The fourth Thursday – On Dec. 26, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt signed a bill that moved national Thanksgiving observances to the fourth Thursday of November, according to the Library of Congress.—Sydney Borchers, Fox News, 23 Nov. 2023 The couple moved several times during his Navy service, with each of their four children born in different U.S. states.—Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 23 Nov. 2023 While Rosalynn was able to move around with a walker until last week, Jimmy has used a wheelchair for months.—Mary Jordan, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2023 Asa Hutchinson Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson held more than a dozen events in Iowa this past week as his campaign commits to keep moving forward after failing to make the second and third debate stages.—Kendall Ross, ABC News, 23 Nov. 2023
Johnson has a long legislative to-do list when the House returns to Washington after Thanksgiving, and with Republicans holding a razor-thin majority, his moves will be scrutinized by Republicans and Democrats alike.—The Editors, The Atlantic, 25 Nov. 2023 Luckily, Reeves wasn't playing a pro surfer, and his awkward moves fit his role as FBI agent Johnny Utah, who goes undercover to investigate the surf community.—Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 But others say a crackdown would be the wrong move, contending that letting dogs run off leash is a victimless crime and that enforcement shouldn’t be a high priority.—David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2023 The move came after heavy fighting and bombardment in northern Gaza, where the Indonesian Hospital is based.—NBC News, 24 Nov. 2023 The moves have done little to boost prices amid booming U.S. shale output, more Iranian crude reaching China and weaker-than-expected demand growth in some parts of the world.—David Uberti, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2023 Since Jin’s move nearly a year ago, the band has already been winding down towards hiatus and band members expanding their solo careers.—Patrick Frater, Variety, 22 Nov. 2023 Nadella’s moves this weekend broadly align with the framework that Frei outlines in her new book Move Fast and Fix Things, coauthored with her wife Anne Morriss, a noted leadership coach.—Lila MacLellan, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2023 At first, many characterized the move as a coup by Sutskever.—Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French mover, moveir, from Latin movēre; probably akin to Sanskrit mīvati he moves, pushes