Meaning of MOVE in English

MOVE

/ muːv; NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb

CHANGE POSITION

1.

to change position or make sb/sth change position in a way that can be seen, heard or felt :

[ v ]

Don't move—stay perfectly still.

The bus was already moving when I jumped onto it.

He could hear someone moving around in the room above.

Phil moved towards the window.

You can hardly move in this pub on Saturdays (= because it is so crowded) .

You can't move for books in her room.

[ vn ]

I can't move my fingers.

We moved our chairs a little nearer.

CHANGE IDEAS / TIME

2.

[usually + adv. / prep. ] to change; to change sth

SYN shift :

[ v ]

The government has not moved on this issue.

[ vn ]

Let's move the meeting to Wednesday.

MAKE PROGRESS

3.

[ v ] move (on / ahead) to make progress in the way or direction mentioned

SYN progress :

Time is moving on.

Share prices moved ahead today.

Things are not moving as fast as we hoped.

TAKE ACTION

4.

[ v ] to take action; to do sth :

The police moved quickly to dispel the rumours.

SYN act ➡ note at action

CHANGE HOUSE / JOB

5.

move (from ... ) (to ... ) to change the place where you live, have your work, etc. :

[ v ]

We don't like it here so we've decided to move.

The company's moving to Scotland.

She's been all on her own since her daughter moved away.

[ vn ] ( BrE )

We moved house last week.

6.

[ vn ] move sb (from ... ) (to ... ) to make sb change from one job, class, etc. to another

SYN transfer :

I'm being moved to the New York office.

IN BOARD GAMES

7.

( in chess and other board games ) to change the position of a piece :

[ v ]

It's your turn to move.

[ vn ]

She moved her queen.

CAUSE STRONG FEELINGS

8.

[ vn ] move sb (to sth) to cause sb to have strong feelings, especially of sympathy or sadness :

We were deeply moved by her plight.

Grown men were moved to tears at the horrific scenes.

—see also moving

MAKE SB DO STH

9.

( formal ) to cause sb to do sth

SYN prompt :

[ vn to inf ]

She felt moved to address the crowd.

[ vn ]

He works when the spirit moves him (= when he wants to) .

SUGGEST FORMALLY

10.

( formal ) to suggest sth formally so that it can be discussed and decided

SYN put forward :

[ vn ]

The Opposition moved an amendment to the Bill.

[ v that ]

I move that a vote be taken on this.

IDIOMS

- get moving

- get sth moving

- move heaven and earth

- move with the times

—more at ass

PHRASAL VERBS

- move along

- move in | move into sth

- move in sth

- move in (on sb/sth)

- move in with sb

- move off

- move on (to sth)

- move sb on

- move out

- move over

■ noun

ACTION

1.

move (towards / to sth) | move (to do sth) an action that you do or need to do to achieve sth :

This latest move by the government has aroused fierce opposition.

The management have made no move to settle the strike.

Getting a job in marketing was a good career move .

—see also false move

CHANGE OF POSITION

2.

[ usually sing. ] a change of place or position :

Don't make a move !

Every move was painful.

She felt he was watching her every move .

SYN movement

CHANGE OF IDEAS / BEHAVIOUR

3.

move to / away from sth a change in ideas, attitudes or behaviour :

There has been a move away from nuclear energy.

SYN shift , tread

CHANGE OF HOUSE / JOB

4.

an act of changing the place where you live or work :

What's the date of your move?

Their move from Italy to the US has not been a success.

Her new job is just a sideways move.

IN BOARD GAMES

5.

an act of changing the position of a piece in chess or other games that are played on a board :

The game was over in only six moves.

It's your move.

IDIOMS

- be on the move

- get a move on

- make the first move

- make a move

- make a move on sb

- make a, your, etc. move

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : from Old French moveir , from Latin movere .

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