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 Oregon will still require drivers notify the DMV within 30 days of moving to a new home or apartment. Andrew Theen | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon DMV will no longer require drivers to use those annoying address change stickers," 3 Dec. 2019 When Sanjay Gupta and his family first moved to Gurgaon in 1999, there was hardly anything around. Natalie Croker, CNN, "Toxic air and gridlock: India's tech cities are choking on their success," 3 Dec. 2019 Hassan Hall, despite being moved to the backup running back role this season, also received All-ACC honors. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "4 Louisville players named to the All-ACC team, 2 earn first-team honors," 3 Dec. 2019 Alphabet was created as Google's parent company, then-current Google CEO Larry Page and President Sergey Brin moved up to Alphabet, and Sundar Pichai was elevated to Google CEO. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Sundar Pichai becomes CEO of Alphabet and Google, as Larry Page steps down," 3 Dec. 2019 Many Christmas tree bags roll, which makes moving the tree in and out of storage a breeze. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, "There Are So Many Christmas Tree Storage Bag Options—Here's What You Need to Know," 3 Dec. 2019 Alleson Arnold, 18, among the latest scholarship winners, moved to Finneytown several years ago and soon learned about the pain the community has felt. Dan Sewell, Cincinnati.com, "The Who concert tragedy 40 years ago: Finneytown, music superstars forever linked," 2 Dec. 2019 The new team will be replacing the current host, Brooke Allen, who will move to middays. Taylor Nichole Morris, Detroit Free Press, "WWJ Newsradio announces new anchor team for afternoon drive," 2 Dec. 2019 The summit, which moved to the Spanish capital after Chile had to pull out amid anti-government protests, aims to put the finishing touches to the rules governing the 2015 Paris accord. NBC News, "U.N. chief warns of 'point of no return' on climate change," 2 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The move was approved Wednesday morning by The World Games 2021 board of directors. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, "DJ Mackovets out as World Games 2021 CEO, replaced by Alabama Power exec Nick Sellers," 4 Dec. 2019 But those moves at least signal something that resembles a desire to compete. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "What five new MLB free agents can tell us about the offseason," 4 Dec. 2019 The move has been criticized by many in Russia for restricting freedom of expression in the country even further and allowing the authorities to crack down on dissent. BostonGlobe.com, "Putin signs bill targeting journalists and bloggers - The Boston Globe," 4 Dec. 2019 Rivera’s dismissal marked the first major move by new owner David Tepper, who purchased the team in July 2018. oregonlive, "Carolina Panthers fire Ron Rivera," 4 Dec. 2019 The move opened the door to medical marijuana companies looking for new markets. Fortune Editors, Fortune, "Why It’s Still So Hard to Sell Medical Marijuana in Asia," 4 Dec. 2019 The move confirms the ascendancy of Mr. Pichai, who is 47, as one of tech’s most powerful people. New York Times, "Era Ends for Google as Founders Step Aside From a Pillar of Tech," 3 Dec. 2019 In his first interview with local media since the weekend, after Monday’s 117-104 road win over Memphis, Turner provided little context for the move beyond his own personal well-being. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers’ Myles Turner explains social media hiatus: 'I did it for myself'," 3 Dec. 2019 Republicans on the committee, led by Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, plan to use procedural moves to stall the process and portray the inquiry as unfair to the president. Lisa Mascaro And Mary Clare Jalonick, chicagotribune.com, "Democratic House releases report outlining evidence for Trump’s impeachment: ‘The President placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States’," 3 Dec. 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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The first known use of move was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Move.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/move%20house. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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