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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The online service will stop accepting any new uploads through Spotify for Artists, and artists will need to move their already released content to another provider, the company said Monday in a blog post. Washington Post, "U.S. manufacturing slowed in June," 2 July 2019 Three assistant principals and a security specialist were moved from the school mid-year, while Principal Ty Thompson quit handling daily operations at the school after Spring Break. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, "Stoneman Douglas test scores slip in year after shooting," 1 July 2019 Two late goals from Shea Salinas and Tommy Thompson sealed a 3-0 win which moved them to fifth place in the table and extended their unbeaten run to six matches. SI.com, "MLS Week 17 Roundup: San Jose Win Cali Clasico Clash as Wayne Rooney Rescues DC United," 30 June 2019 Spaniards established the original Mission San Diego de Alcalá near the base of Presidio Hill in 1769, but moved it to its current location, to the east, in 1774. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mission Valley: Hospitality, shopping and a surge of residential growth," 30 June 2019 And the lack of emotional connection is especially obvious toward the end of the season, when narrative subthreads that should be moving us most seem to fizzle and resolve without much intensity at all. Aja Romano, Vox, "Stranger Things season 3 is charming but frustrating. Here’s a spoiler-free review.," 30 June 2019 The Bucks acquired Eric Bledsoe the following year, and Brogdon was moved off the ball. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Malcolm Brogdon and Jeremy Lamb? Kevin Pritchard just made the Pacers a lot better," 30 June 2019 He was especially moved when one woman's young son was asked by an immigration official to remove his shoelaces — a standard practice to prevent detainees from harming themselves. Dallas News, "Mexico wrestles with its identity as the national guard helps Trump and López Obrador crack down on migrants," 29 June 2019 Coaches impressed by her skill consistently moved her up to play with older age groups. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "How Yacine Diop's long journey to play for Louisville basketball began in Senegal," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The move is thought to be Tehran's first major breach of the accord since US President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement last year. Chandler Thornton And Nada Altaher, CNN, "Rebels launch drone attack on Saudi airport, injuring 9," 2 July 2019 Assisting with the move Saturday were Leslie Hoffman, Eric Hoffman, Eric Elizondo, Dale Long, Kevin Paulson, Jeb Bakke, Mark Berdan, Gordy Erickson and Jon Shea. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "State grant welcomed by senior citizens group," 1 July 2019 The move was part of a sign-and-trade to send former Hornets point guard (and UConn great) Kemba Walker to Boston for the upcoming season. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Former Louisville star Terry Rozier gets PAID on first day of NBA free agency," 1 July 2019 With the move, the Warriors have three days to match or exceed any offer sheet that Cook receives from other teams once free agency begins on Sunday at 3 pm PT. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "With Quinn Cook a restricted free agent, will he return to the Warriors?," 29 June 2019 This had conservatives baying for the hunt, and some centrist Democrats worried that the move to fix America’s health was too far, too fast. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Will Democratic front-runners regret rejecting private insurance?," 28 June 2019 But the team's success the past five seasons combined with the move to the brand new Chase Center in San Francisco should give the Warriors the financial muscle to make a deal happen. USA TODAY, "NBA free agency: What are the options for Kevin Durant?," 27 June 2019 The move is part of Amazon’s Counter service, which aims to expand the number of stores offering Amazon pickups to 1,500 by the end of this year. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Amazon Counter Turns Rivals' Storefronts—Starting With Rite-Aid—Into Package Pickup Centers," 27 June 2019 With the move to the Switch, Super Mario Maker 2 is practically assured to have a healthy supply of new courses for the foreseeable future, provided by and for players who have laid down $20 a year to subscribe to Nintendo’s Switch Online service. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Super Mario Maker 2 review: A great sequel, playable on a better console," 26 June 2019

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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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move

verb

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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