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



    BrE BrE//mɑːtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɑːrtʃ//
    Protest, Pieces of music
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  1. 1  [countable] an organized walk by many people from one place to another, in order to protest about something, or to express their opinions protest marches to go on a march compare demonstration See related entries: Protest
  2. 2  [countable] an act of marching; a journey made by marching The army began their long march to the coast.
  3. 3[singular] the march of something the steady development or forward movement of something the march of progress/technology/time
  4. 4[countable] a piece of music written for marching to a funeral march See related entries: Pieces of music
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from French marcher ‘to walk’ (earlier ‘to trample’), of uncertain origin.Extra examples The army set off on a forced march north. The border was still a day’s march away. The farmers halted the march outside the Ministry of Agriculture. The march was broken up by police in riot gear. The orchestra struck up a military march. There were in excess of 100 000 people at the march. There will be a special march past of competitors. They reached the enemy position after an arduous approach march. Villages in the army’s line of march were burned to the ground. a march against racism a march for the victims of the war a march marking the thirtieth anniversary of the shootings a march of over 30 miles a march of over 6 000 people the forward march of technology the inexorable march of time the march from Paris to Brittany the march from Selma to Montgomery the march of history/​progress/​science the steady march towards equality The protest march moved slowly along the city streets. Thousands of people from all over the country attended the march.Idioms marching somewhere The enemy are on the march.
    steal a march (on somebody)
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    [no passive] to gain an advantage over somebody by doing something before them The company is looking at ways to steal a march on its European competitors.
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