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

For intrepid types, the Royal Gorge trip moves through class III to V rapids. Brittany Anas, The Know, "Hit these 5 Colorado rivers for amazing whitewater rafting this summer," 18 June 2019 Jarrod Russell, who was brought in last year to lead the organization, is moving to the San Francisco Bay Area for personal reasons. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Startup San Diego loses its only paid employee to Bay Area," 17 June 2019 There would be more concern stretching for the ball, moving around for a groundball and crashing on the bunt. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Giants manager Bruce Bochy taking it slow with Buster Posey," 17 June 2019 Since moving to the Parisians from Monaco in 2017, for a fee believed to be around £100m, the 20-year-old has more than lived up to the billing, scoring 60 goals in 87 appearances and winning a World Cup with France in the process. SI.com, "PSG President Provides Update on Kylian Mbappe's Future Amid Real Madrid Links," 17 June 2019 They were secretly moved from a dealership in Tempe to another in Phoenix, then transferred to new owners without required paperwork. Robert Anglen, AZCentral.com, "Used-car nightmare: Arizona dealer didn't pay off trades or transfer title to buyers," 17 June 2019 LaMelo, who turns 18 next month, was a star player, like his brothers, at Chino Hills High School before moving to SPIRE Institute in Ohio. Cindy Boren, The Denver Post, "LaVar Ball “guarantees” Lakers will never win another title after trading Lonzo Ball," 16 June 2019 After feeling crimped by the crush of mega-fests, the Kentucky rock band My Morning Jacket in 2015 launched One Big Holiday in Mexico with the promoter Cloud 9 Adventures, before moving the festival this year to a larger resort in Punta Cana. Eric R. Danton, Fortune, "The Hottest New Act in the Music Industry? Curated 'Experiences'," 16 June 2019 Buzz Andersen has been a software engineer for more than 15 years, and, having worked at Apple himself before moving on to companies like Square and Tumblr, admits to being an Apple fan. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "App Makers Are Mixed on ‘Sign In With Apple’," 15 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jayson Tatum showed up with an array of new moves that looked an awful lot like a collection of Kobe Bryant’s bad habits. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, "Al Horford would have fit in with any great Celtics team," 19 June 2019 His younger sister, Jillian is 6-2 and also has some of Mom's moves as one of the top scorers in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference for Loveland. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "5 things you need to know about Moeller's Jaxson Hayes as he enters Thursday's NBA Draft," 18 June 2019 Moving toward a more-open future This strong history of research and acquisition underscores the importance of the move Nvidia announced Monday morning at the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Nvidia pushes ARM supercomputing," 17 June 2019 But picking Bellarmine to reach the NCAA Tournament within five years of the move? Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "How Bellarmine basketball can reach the NCAA Tournament in the next 5 years," 17 June 2019 The efforts appear to be part of a move by the Trump Administration deter potential attacks by demonstrating that the US is willing to delivering a cyber attack. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "US Cyber Command has reportedly been aggressively targeting Russia’s electrical grid," 15 June 2019 Contestants are judged on the precision of each move. Tyra Mcclung, courant.com, "A double-dutch championship has returned to Connecticut and there are high hopes for the future of the sport here," 15 June 2019 Throughout the community, there are dozens of moves that integrate natural and man-made systems, like swales that collect stormwater instead of routing it into underground pipes. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This suburban utopia is all about worshipping nature," 14 June 2019 The Clippers were already hoping to sign Kawhi Leonard; now that kind of move could lead to winning the Western Conference (and render the Toronto Raptors as a one-and-done). Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors will feature a new look at Chase Center," 14 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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