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



    BrE BrE//muːv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//muːv//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they move
    BrE BrE//muːv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//muːv//
    he / she / it moves
    BrE BrE//muːvz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//muːvz//
    past simple moved
    BrE BrE//muːvd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//muːvd//
    past participle moved
    BrE BrE//muːvd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//muːvd//
    -ing form moving
    BrE BrE//ˈmuːvɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmuːvɪŋ//
    Buying a home
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    change position
  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to change position or make somebody/something change position in a way that can be seen, heard or felt Don't move—stay perfectly still. The bus was already moving when I jumped onto it. + adv./prep. 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. move something I can't move my fingers. move something + adv./prep. We moved our chairs a little nearer.
  2. change ideas/time
  3. 2  [intransitive, transitive] to change; to change something synonym shift (+ adv./prep.) The government has not moved on this issue. move something (+ adv./prep.) Let's move the meeting to Wednesday.
  4. make progress
  5. 3  [intransitive] move (on/ahead) to make progress in the way or direction mentioned synonym progress Time is moving on. Share prices moved ahead today. Things are not moving as fast as we hoped.
  6. take action
  7. 4[intransitive] to take action; to do something synonym act The police moved quickly to dispel the rumours. Synonymsactionmeasure step act moveThese are all words for a thing that somebody does.action a thing that somebody does:Her quick action saved the child’s life.measure an official action that is done in order to achieve a particular aim:Tougher measures against racism are needed.step one of a series of things that you do in order to achieve something:This was a first step towards a united Europe.act a thing that somebody does:an act of kindnessaction or act?These two words have the same meaning but are used in different patterns. An act is usually followed by of and/​or used with an adjective. Action is not usually used with of but is often used with his, her, etc:a heroic act of bravery a heroic action of bravery his heroic actions/​acts during the war. Action often combines with take but act does not:We shall take whatever acts are necessary.move (used especially in journalism) an action that you do or need to do to achieve something:They are waiting for the results of the opinion polls before deciding their next move.Patterns to take action/​measures/​steps to make a step/​move a heroic/​brave/​daring action/​step/​act/​move
  8. change house/job
  9. 5  [intransitive, transitive] to change the place where you live, have your work, etc. We don't like it here so we've decided to move. move (from…) (to…) The company's moving to Scotland. move away She's been all on her own since her daughter moved away. move house (British English) We moved house last week. See related entries: Buying a home
  10. 6  [transitive] move somebody (from…) (to…) to make somebody change from one job, class, etc. to another synonym transfer I'm being moved to the New York office.
  11. in board games
  12. 7  [intransitive, transitive] (in chess and other board games) to change the position of a piece It's your turn to move. move something She moved her queen.
  13. cause strong feelings
  14. 8  [transitive] to cause somebody to have strong feelings, especially of sympathy or sadness move somebody We were deeply moved by her plight. move somebody to something Grown men were moved to tears at the horrific scenes. see also moving
  15. make somebody do something
  16. 9[transitive] (formal) to cause somebody to do something synonym prompt move somebody to do something She felt moved to address the crowd. move somebody He works when the spirit moves him (= when he wants to).
  17. suggest formally
  18. 10[transitive] (formal) to suggest something formally so that it can be discussed and decided synonym put forward move something The Opposition moved an amendment to the Bill. move that… I move that a vote be taken on this.
  19. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French moveir, from Latin movere.Extra examples ‘Certainly not!’ he was moved to protest. All her family have moved away so she’s on her own. As the delays got worse he was moved to make a mild complaint. Black clouds moved across the sky. Can you move down the steps? Don’t move—stay perfectly still. He worked as a sales rep before moving to the marketing department. He works hard when the spirit moves him. He’s recently been moved from our Head Office. I can’t move my fingers. I’m being moved to the New York office. Move your chairs a little closer. Moving can be an extremely stressful experience. Several major industries have been moved from the north to the south of the country. Someone had moved the bike from where I left it. The company is moving to Scotland. The film moved me so much, I started to weep. The papers on his desk had been moved. The police told us to move on. The traffic moved slowly along the highway. The woman’s story had really moved her. They’ve moved house three times in the past year. We moved a little nearer. We moved here in 2003. We waved as the train moved off. We’ve decided to move her into the Accounts Department. You can hardly move in this bar. You can’t move for books in her room.Idioms
    get your ass in gear, move your ass
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    (slang, especially North American English) a rude way of telling somebody to hurry If you get your ass in gear, we can make it out of here tonight.
    (informal) to begin, leave, etc. quickly It's late—we'd better get moving. (informal) to cause something to make progress The new director has really got things moving. (formal or business) in the future, starting from now We have a very solid financial position going forward. The strategy going forward is still undecided. Moving forward, we need to have a real plan. to do everything you possibly can in order to achieve something to change the way you think and behave according to changes in society Many complained that the Royal Family had failed to move with the times.
    Phrasal Verbsmove alongmove inmove in somethingmove inmove in with somebodymove offmove on (to something)move somebody onmove outmove over
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: move