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Definition of march verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they march
    he / she / it marches
    past simple marched
    -ing form marching
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  1. 1[intransitive] to walk with stiff regular steps like a soldier (+ adv./prep.) Soldiers were marching up and down outside the government buildings. + noun They marched 20 miles to reach the capital.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to walk somewhere quickly in a determined way She marched over to me and demanded an apology.
  3. 3[transitive] march somebody + adv./prep. to force someone to walk somewhere with you The guards marched the prisoner away. She was marched out the door and into a waiting car.
  4. 4[intransitive] to walk through the streets in a large group in order to protest about or support something synonym demonstrate
  5. Idioms
    get your marching orders (informal)
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    to be ordered to leave a place, a job, etc.
    give somebody their marching orders (informal)
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    to order someone to leave a place, their job, etc.
    march to (the beat of) a different drummer/drum
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    to behave in a different way from other people; to have different attitudes or ideas She was a gifted and original artist who marched to a different drummer.
    Phrasal Verbsmarch onmarch on…
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: march