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

Though she was originally born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Drummond actually lived in Los Angeles while going to college at the University of Southern California and had plans to move to Chicago following graduation. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Why Ree Drummond Can't Imagine Any Place But Oklahoma Being Home," 17 Sep. 2019 But a new drone developed by researchers in England is made to move from sea to sky—and back again. Scientific American, "Drenchable Drones, Prickly Cells and Face-Tracked Chimps: Science GIFs to Start Your Week," 16 Sep. 2019 The Hiroos moved into Nikkei Manor five years ago, when Yoshie developed dementia. Glenn Nelson, The Seattle Times, "Battle for ‘soul’ of Seattle’s Japanese American community as Keiro Northwest nursing home closes," 16 Sep. 2019 Chiney noticed the man approach them and briefly moved to defend herself and Nneka. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Fan at LA Sparks playoff game tackled after running onto the court with object in his hand," 15 Sep. 2019 Add a little water music to your yard with inspiration from our gallery of gorgeous water features The sound of moving water can transform any outdoor space into your own private paradise. Sunset Magazine, "These Gorgeous Water Features and Garden Fountains Add Splash to Any Yard," 12 Sep. 2019 That seems counterintuitive, given that more and more sales are moving online, while Britain’s impending divorce from the European Union weighs on shoppers’ sentiment. Washington Post, "Department Stores Are Dead? Nobody Told Primark," 18 Sep. 2019 Spurs may face competition from Manchester United for Maddison, with the Red Devils tipped to make an £80m move for the former Norwich playmaker next year. SI.com, "Tottenham to Keep Close Eye on Leicester Trio Throughout Premier League Season," 17 Sep. 2019 Some speculate that the goal is to clear homeless encampments by moving people into government-run shelters on federal land. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, "Trump loves to attack California on homelessness. Will he do it again during his visit?," 17 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His every move, development, youth-team goal, interview and setback poured over in the Liverpool media and on Twitter. SI.com, "Rhian Brewster: It's Time to Finally See What England's Other Wonderkid Can Do," 17 Sep. 2019 Asian stocks rose slightly on the moves, and US market futures gained a little, as well. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for September 12: Immigration, vaping, 2020 Dems, Bahamas, tariffs," 12 Sep. 2019 The average millennial moves 12 times between going to college and buying their first home,’’ said Reno, the Feather founder. Boston.com Real Estate, "Millennials and students are swiping right on luxury furniture rentals," 11 Sep. 2019 Among other Emerging Artists moves, metalcore band Wage War debuts at No. Xander Zellner, Billboard, "Shaed Shines Atop Emerging Artists Chart, as 'Trampoline' Hits Hot 100's Top 40," 11 Sep. 2019 The move, which is already eliciting strong reactions from groups supporting or opposing experiments on animals, makes EPA the first federal agency to put a hard deadline on phasing out animal research. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "U.S. EPA to eliminate all mammal testing by 2035," 10 Sep. 2019 Allen hits every dance move, every costume change, every moment, flawlessly in the video, taking us on an amazing visual journey of Beyoncé’s work. Essence, "Every Member Of The Hive Needs To See This Epic Visual Tribute To Beyoncé," 5 Sep. 2019 Walmart’s move, while admirable, isn’t really about shaping the gun debate at all. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Political Overreaction to Walmart’s P.R. Strategy," 5 Sep. 2019 The move prompted luxury stocks to jump at news that some relief might be on its way. Marc Bain, Quartz, "The world’s most expensive retail playground is suffering," 4 Sep. 2019

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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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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