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



    BrE BrE//muːv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//muːv//
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  1. 1  move (towards/to something) | move (to do something) an action that you do or need to do to achieve something 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
  2. change of position
  3. 2  [usually singular] a change of place or position Don't make a move! Every move was painful. She felt he was watching her every move. see also movement
  4. change of ideas/behaviour
  5. 3move to/away from something a change in ideas, attitudes or behaviour synonym shift, trend There has been a move away from nuclear energy. The effects of the move back to written examinations are not known.
  6. change of house/job
  7. 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. He’s performed well since his move from Manchester United to Liverpool. See related entries: Buying a home
  8. in board games
  9. 5an 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.
  10. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French moveir, from Latin movere.Extra examples Don’t you dare pull a move like that again. Flavio and I were busting some moves on the dance floor. Getting a job in advertising was a good career move. He made a move for the door. His career as a petroleum engineer has kept him on the move. His career as an engineer has kept him on the move= moving from place to place. His new job was a lateral/​sideways move rather than a promotion. In a move which surprised commentators, the president sacked several cabinet ministers. In a move which surprised everyone, the bosses fired several managers. Moves are afoot to increase car insurance premiums. Now we must plot our next move. One false move and I’ll shoot! One false move could lead to war. She captured the queen with her bishop on the 32nd move. She learned all the chess moves when she was four. She made no move as the lion sniffed at the tent. She wondered whether she had made the right move in telling the truth. The company was put up for sale yesterday in a shock move by management. The cubs followed their mother on the hunt, watching her every move. The cubs watched their mother’s every move. The government announced its move to ban smoking in public spaces. The management has made no move to settle the strike. The move gave her career a boost. The move is spearheaded by a former MP. The move meant lower costs. The move proved a disaster. The move reflects a change in approach to research. The new environmental regulations represent a move in the right direction. The new legislation signalled a move away from state involvement in telecommunications. The soldier blocked the move with his free hand. The talks represented the first significant move towards peace. They are waiting for the results of the opinion polls before deciding their next move. We should make a move — it’s really late. We’re leaving in five minutes so you’d better get a move on! a move against drug dealers a move away from the old Hollywood style of movie a move away from traditional Labour policies a move back to old teaching styles a move designed to control inflation a move from London to Leeds a move from Ohio to Kansas a move towards greater trade liberalization the current move towards networked organizations She felt that he was watching her every move. There are moves towards greater trade liberalization.Idioms
    1. 1to be travelling from place to place
    2. 2to be moving; to be going somewhere The car was already on the move. The firm is on the move to larger offices.
    3. 3= be on the go
    (informal) you tell somebody to get a move on when you want them to hurry to do something before somebody else, for example in order to end an argument or to begin something If he wants to see me, he should make the first move. (British English, informal) to begin a journey or a task It's getting late—we'd better make a move.
    make a, your, etc. move
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    to do the action that you intend to do or need to do in order to achieve something The rebels waited until nightfall before they made their move.
      make a move on somebody (informal)
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    1. 1to try to start a sexual relationship with somebody
    2. 2(sport) to try to pass somebody who is in front of you in a race
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: move