move

verb
\ ˈmüv How to pronounce move (audio) \
moved; moving

Definition of move

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

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 times
b : 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
2 : to carry on one's life or activities in a specified environment moves in the best circles
3 : to change position or posture : stir ordered him not to move
4 : to take action : act The time has come to make up your mind and move.
5a : to begin operating or functioning or working in a usual way pushed a button and the machine began moving
b : to show marked activity after a lull things really began to move
c : to move a piece (as in chess or checkers) during one's turn
6 : to make a formal request, application, or appeal moved that the meeting adjourn
7 : to change hands by being sold or rented goods that moved slowly
8 of the bowels : evacuate

transitive verb

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
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 enemy
b : to cause to operate or function : actuate this button moves the whole machine
c : to put into activity or rouse up from inactivity news that moved them from their torpor
3 : to cause to change position or posture moved his lips but not a sound was heard
4 : to prompt or rouse to the doing of something : persuade the report moved us to take action
5a : to stir the emotions, feelings, or passions of deeply moved by such kindness
b : to affect in such a way as to lead to an indicated show of emotion the story moved her to tears
6a obsolete : beg
b : to make a formal application to
7 : to propose formally in a deliberative assembly moved the adjournment motion
8 : to cause (the bowels) to void
9 : to cause to change hands through sale or rent The salesman moved three cars today.
move house
British : to change one's residence

move

noun

Definition of move (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of moving a piece (as in chess)
b : the turn of a player to move
2a : a step taken especially to gain an objective : maneuver a move to end the dispute retiring early was a smart move
b : the action of moving from a motionless position
c : one of a pattern of dance steps
d : a change of residence or location
e : an agile or deceptive action especially in sports
on the move
1 : in a state of moving about from place to place
2 : in a state of moving ahead or making progress said that civilization is always on the move

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Verb

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

Examples of move in a Sentence

Verb 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With the decision to move the fall conference schedule and championship to the spring, the Mid-South has given member institutions the autonomy to schedule non-conference competition in the fall. James Weber, The Enquirer, "Thomas More, Mid-South Conference foes move league schedule to the spring," 11 Aug. 2020 Aresco said the decision to move the game up was rooted in good intentions — to give themselves time between the first and second game to evaluate health protocols, and provide a buffer in case quarantines were needed. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "‘We should be in that room’: AAC commish Mike Aresco wants his conference heard as Power-5 decides fate of college football," 10 Aug. 2020 Last month, mounting pressure from student and local activist groups led the museum to announce plans to move the skulls on view to a storage unit. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Penn Museum Moves Collection of Enslaved People’s Skulls Into Storage," 10 Aug. 2020 Ohio State football began practice last Thursday and was scheduled to move onto the next stage of the NCAA’s acclimatization protocol on Saturday. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "No decision from Big Ten leadership on 2020 fall season as Ohio State football players, parents ask to play," 10 Aug. 2020 This includes dominion over vehicles' seemingly supernatural ability to move on their own. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, "Playing with Cars: How Kids Become Adults Obsessed with Machines," 9 Aug. 2020 The decision to move football and volleyball to the spring elicited some of the strongest reactions. Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune, "Minnesota high school football, volleyball head to March, other fall sports to start on time," 5 Aug. 2020 The president’s decision to move to about 5,000 troops from 8,600 was the Pentagon’s preferred option of those proposed, defense officials said. New York Times, "More U.S. Troops Will Leave Afghanistan Before the Election, Trump Says," 4 Aug. 2020 The Pac-12's decision to move to a conference-only scheduled canceled Alabama's game against Southern California and Texas A&M's date with Colorado. Blake Toppmeyer, The Courier-Journal, "SEC plans to play a 10-game conference-only schedule in 2020," 31 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Critics say that move would cause the USPS to lose business. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Voters should request ballots 2 weeks early, but mail isn't intentionally slow," 11 Aug. 2020 Trump and his allies, including Johnson, have raised questions about Biden's move as vice president in 2016 to pressure the Ukrainian government to fire its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who had previously led an investigation into Burisma's owner. Eric Tucker, Star Tribune, "GOP senator subpoenas FBI over Russia, defends Biden probe," 10 Aug. 2020 Trump and his allies have raised questions about Biden’s move as vice president in 2016 to pressure the Ukrainian government to fire its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who had previously led an investigation into Burisma’s owner. Eric Tucker\\, chicagotribune.com, "Republican Sen. Ron Johnson subpoenas FBI over Trump-Russia investigation, defends Biden probe," 10 Aug. 2020 That move was made to prevent full-contact work in camp. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Big Ten set to shut down its 2020 football season because of COVID-19. Can the league hold a season in the spring?," 9 Aug. 2020 That move would come with logistical challenges and ethical questions. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: NCAA losing season to COVID-19, dysfunction of its own making," 5 Aug. 2020 Cruz’s false claim about a Democratic move to abolish police echoed debunked assertions that Trump made three weeks ago. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Echoing Trump, Ted Cruz falsely claims ‘the Democrats are arguing for abolishing the police'," 5 Aug. 2020 Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz were overlooked, despite the comedy’s much-talked about move to NBC and their co-star Andre Braugher’s own nomination. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Emmys Need To Stop Ignoring Latinx Women," 28 July 2020 But that move is purely procedural, and Black maintained that both the club and Blackmon are hopeful to have him in the lineup on opening day, next Friday in Texas. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Ryan Rolison hasn’t yet pitched above Class-A, but southpaw’s turning heads at Rockies’ summer camp," 16 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'move.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of move

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a(1)

Noun

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for move

Verb and Noun

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

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Time Traveler for move

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The first known use of move was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

13 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Move.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/move. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for move

move

verb
How to pronounce move (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of move

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of move (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of moving your body or a part of your body
: an action
: the act of moving to a different place

move

verb
\ ˈmüv How to pronounce move (audio) \
moved; moving

Kids Definition of move

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to go from one place to another Let's move into the shade.
2 : to change the place or position of : shift Move your chair closer.
3 : to set in motion Come on, move your feet.
4 : to cause to act : persuade Your speech moved me to change my opinion.
5 : to affect the feelings of The sad story moved me to tears.
6 : to change position Stop moving until I finish cutting your hair.
7 : to change residence We moved to Illinois.
8 : to suggest according to the rules in a meeting I move to adjourn.

move

noun

Kids Definition of move (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the action of changing position, place, or residence a sudden move We're excited about our move to a new state.
2 : the act of moving a piece in a game
3 : the turn of a player to move It's your move.
4 : an action taken to accomplish something a career move

move

verb
\ ˈmüv How to pronounce move (audio) \
moved; moving

Medical Definition of move

intransitive verb

1 : to go or pass from one place to another
2 of the bowels : to eject fecal matter : evacuate

transitive verb

1 : to change the place or position of
2 : to cause (the bowels) to void

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move

verb
moved; moving

Legal Definition of move

intransitive verb

: to make a motion moved to seize the property

transitive verb

: to request (a court) by means of a motion moved the court to vacate the order

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