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 The struggle over the Cenotaph ended in September when the Texas Historical Commission, a state board whose members are appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott (R), voted to deny a permit to move it. Washington Post, "Alamo renovation gets stuck over arguments about slavery," 8 May 2021 The expectation was that whatever team selected him would either move him back inside or possibly to safety. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Why the Ravens considered Ohio State football’s Shaun Wade a 2019 star available for a 2020 discount," 7 May 2021 Here is what can move us forward: Science and medicine. BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s a look at some of the area commencements and who’s speaking," 7 May 2021 In some cases, paper returns and envelopes containing checks piled up in trailers for want of people to process them, and the IRS has had to move them around to offices with available staffers. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "‘Where Is My Tax Refund?’ Millions of Americans Are Waiting for the IRS to Pay Up," 7 May 2021 Police cornered it and called game wardens to help move it back into water. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, "Driver hits, kills alligator along Grand Parkway," 6 May 2021 For years, Baltimore has feared losing the Preakness, the state’s largest sporting event, as Pimlico deteriorated and its owners sought to move it to their other Maryland facility, Laurel Park. Daniel Oyefusi, baltimoresun.com, "As Preakness approaches, the real winner could be Pimlico and the surrounding neighborhood. Here’s why," 6 May 2021 Organizations are only as successful as the teams who move them to success. Mark Samuel, Forbes, "The Difference Between High- And Low-Functioning Teams," 5 May 2021 But this surprise was shortly followed by another—the bones were in such a state of decomposition that any attempts to touch or move them turned them to dust. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Discover Oldest Known Human Grave in Africa," 5 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bradley Beal scored 50 points to help the Wizards move into the No. 9 spot in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of Indiana but sat out the overtime period after hurting his hamstring and ankle. Michael Marot, ajc, "Westbrook ties Robertson's record, Wizards beat Pacers," 9 May 2021 The move fulfilled a campaign promise but sparked backlash from some current and former prosecutors, local law enforcement officials and crime victims. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "Prosecutors will no longer seek death penalty in the Anthony Avalos torture case," 8 May 2021 The move came after Tesla’s $1.5 billion investment in bitcoin. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "What Time Elon Musk Is Hosting ‘SNL’ and How to Watch," 8 May 2021 The move made Keith hack at his stick, and more critically, Delia throw his shoulders at the near corner of the net. BostonGlobe.com, "Rangers’ dust-up escalates after James Dolan weighs in," 8 May 2021 For those wondering why Keston Hiura hasn't been playing for Class AAA Nashville after being optioned there Monday, he was given a mental break by the Brewers after ongoing offensive struggles led to that move. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Brewers are getting Manny Piña and Brett Anderson off the injured list; Corbin Burnes should follow shortly," 8 May 2021 The move amounts to a boycott: the association is asking members not to accept job offers or attend conferences at the school. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Did a University of Toronto Donor Block the Hiring of a Scholar for Her Writing on Palestine?," 8 May 2021 The move was seen by observers as an attempt by the Taliban to increase support from the Afghan public. Palash Ghosh, Forbes, "Dozens Killed In Blast Targeting Girls’ School In Kabul," 8 May 2021 The move would benefit Broward financially, according to paperwork filed to the Broward County Commission agenda. Brooke Baitinger, sun-sentinel.com, "Get your mouse ears ready: Disney cruises may sail from Fort Lauderdale," 7 May 2021

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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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10 May 2021

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“Move.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/move. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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