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move

verb

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1 to change the place or position of
  • I need you to move all your books off that chair before company gets here

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2 to set or keep in motion
  • the hands of the wall clock are moved by battery

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3 to change one's position
  • don't move while I'm trying to draw your portrait

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4 to act upon (a person or a person's feelings) so as to cause a response
  • we were deeply moved by the program of patriotic music

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5 to rouse to strong feeling or action
  • the heartfelt appeal moved the people to reach into their pockets and donate generously

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6 to cause (someone) to agree with a belief or course of action by using arguments or earnest requests
  • the report moved me to change my mind about the issue

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8 to leave a place often for another
  • the police officer told the loiterers to move along

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move

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of move (Entry 2 of 2)

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Frequently Asked Questions About move

How does the verb move differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of move are actuate, drive, and impel. While all these words mean "to set or keep in motion," move is very general and implies no more than the fact of changing position.

moved the furniture

In what contexts can actuate take the place of move?

The words actuate and move can be used in similar contexts, but actuate stresses transmission of power so as to work or set in motion.

turbines actuated by waterpower

When might drive be a better fit than move?

While in some cases nearly identical to move, drive implies imparting forward and continuous motion and often stresses the effect rather than the impetus.

a ship driven aground by hurricane winds

Where would impel be a reasonable alternative to move?

The synonyms impel and move are sometimes interchangeable, but impel is usually figurative and suggests a great motivating impetus.

a candidate impelled by ambition

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The first known use of move was in the 13th century

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“Move.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/move. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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