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English definition of “move”


verb uk   /muːv/ us  


A2 [I or T] to (cause to) change position: I'm so cold I can't move my fingers. Will you help me move this table to the back room? Can we move (= change the time of) the meeting from 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. ? Don't move! Stay right where you are. I thought I could hear someone moving about/around upstairs. If you move along/over/up (= go further to the side, back, or front) a bit, Tess can sit next to me. Police officers at the scene of the accident were asking passers-by to move along/on (= to go to a different place). Come on, it's time we were moving (= time for us to leave). Let's stay here tonight, then move on (= continue our journey) tomorrow morning.General words for movement [I or T] to change the position of one of the pieces used in a board game: In chess, the pieces can only move in certain directions.Board games - general words

move verb (CHANGE PLACE)

B1 [I] to go to a different place to live or work: We're moving to Paris. They've bought a new house, but it will need a lot of work before they can move into it/move in. I hear Paula has moved in with her boyfriend (= gone to live in his house). The couple next door moved away (= went to live somewhere else) last year. A lot of businesses are moving out of London because it's too expensive.Transferring and transporting objectsChanging homes and moving move house B1 UK to leave your home in order to live in a new one: We're moving house next week.Changing homes and moving

move verb (PROGRESS)

[I or T] to (cause to) progress, change, or happen in a particular way or direction: The judge's decision will allow the case to move forward. If you want to move ahead in your career, you'll have to work harder. Share prices moved up/down slowly yesterday. Sophie has been moved up/down a grade at school. It's time this company moved into (= started to take advantage of the benefits of) the computer age.Making progress and advancingBecoming better

move verb (CAUSE)

[T] to cause someone to take action: [+ obj + to infinitive ] formal I can't imagine what could have moved him to say such a thing.Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiring

move verb (CHANGE OPINION)

[I or T] to (cause to) change an opinion or the way in which you live or work: He's made up his mind, and nothing you can say will move him on the issue. More and more people are moving away from/towards vegetarianism.Changing your mind

move verb (FEELINGS)

B2 [T] to cause someone to have strong feelings, such as sadness, sympathy, happiness, or admiration: She said that she was deeply moved by all the letters of sympathy she had received. It was such a sad film that it moved him to tears (= made him cry).Making people sad, shocked and upsetInspiring feelings in others

move verb (SELL)

[I or T] informal to sell: No one wants to buy these toys - we just can't move them. This new shampoo is moving really fast.Selling

move verb (BE WITH PEOPLE)

[I + adv/prep] to spend time with people: She moves in/among a very small circle of people.Being, becoming friends and getting to know someone

move verb (SUGGEST)

[I or T] specialized politics, law to suggest something, especially formally at a meeting or in a law court: A vote was just about to be taken when someone stood up and said that they wished to move an amendment. [+ that] I should like to move that the proposal be accepted. Your Honour, we wish to move for dismissal of the charges.Suggestions and proposals

move verb (PASS)

[I or T] polite word (used especially by doctors and nurses) to pass the contents of the bowels out of the body: The doctor asked him if he'd moved his bowels that day.Excrement and its excretion


noun uk   /muːv/ us  


C2 [S] an act of moving: She held the gun to his head and said, "One move and you're dead!" I hate the way my boss watches my every move (= watches everything I do).General words for movement [C] in some board games, a change of the position of one of the pieces used to play the game, or a change of position that is allowed by the rules, or a player's turn to move their piece: It takes a long time to learn all the moves in chess. It's your move.Board games - general words

move noun (CHANGE OF PLACE)

C1 [C] an occasion when you go to live or work in a different place: We've had four moves in three years.Changing homes and moving

move noun (ACTION)

C1 [C] an action taken to achieve something: Buying those shares was a good move. This move towards improving childcare facilities has been widely welcomed. [+ to infinitive] The council is making a move to ban traffic in some parts of the city.Acting and actsDealing with things or people make the first move to be the first to take action: Neither side seems prepared to make the first move towards reaching a peace agreement.Acting and actsDealing with things or people informal to start a romantic or sexual relationship with someone: She's liked him for ages, but doesn't want to make the first move.Sexual attractionAttractive
(Definition of move from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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