Definition of march verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    march

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//mɑːtʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɑːrtʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they march
    BrE BrE//mɑːtʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɑːrtʃ//
     
    he / she / it marches
    BrE BrE//ˈmɑːtʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːrtʃɪz//
     
    past simple marched
    BrE BrE//mɑːtʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɑːrtʃt//
     
    past participle marched
    BrE BrE//mɑːtʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɑːrtʃt//
     
    -ing form marching
    BrE BrE//ˈmɑːtʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːrtʃɪŋ//
     
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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. Quick march! (= the order to start marching) + 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  [intransitive] to walk through the streets in a large group in order to protest about something synonym demonstrate Wordfindercivil disobedience, demonstrate, hunger strike, march, occupy, placard, protest, riot, sabotage, uprising See related entries: Protest
  4. 4[transitive] march somebody + adv./prep. to force somebody to walk somewhere with you The guards marched the prisoner away. She was marched out of the door and into a waiting car.
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from French marcher ‘to walk’ (earlier ‘to trample’), of uncertain origin.Extra examples Craig marched up to the door and rang the bell. Millions of people marched against the war. So saying, she marched boldly out of the house. The clock marched onward to the year 2005. The demonstrators marched on the British embassy. The invading army marched on Rome. They marched all the way from London to Edinburgh. They marched proudly onto the football field. They were marching for peace. Time marches inexorably on and we still have not made a decision. We marched peacefully through the streets. conscripts learning to march in step marching peacefully through the town centre protesters marching in support of the students’ demands Ann marched straight past me and up the stairs. He marched off, muttering something. Hundreds of people marched in support of the teachers’ pay claim. Quick march!. She marched briskly down the steps. Troops marched on the town.Idioms
    get your marching orders
     
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    (informal) to be ordered to leave a place, a job, etc.
    give somebody their marching orders
     
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    (informal) to order somebody 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…
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