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movement

noun uk   /ˈmuːv.mənt/ us  

movement noun (POSITION CHANGE)

B2 [C or U] a change of position: He made a sudden movement and frightened the bird away. For a long time after the accident, he had no movement in (= was unable to move) his legs. Her movements were rather clumsy.MovementGeneral words for movement sb's movements what someone is doing during a particular period: I don't know his movements this week.Acting and actsDealing with things or people

movement noun (GROUP OF PEOPLE)

C1 [C, + sing/pl verb] a group of people with a particular set of aims: the women's movement The suffragette movement campaigned for votes for women. [+ to infinitive] a movement to stop animals being killed for their furActivism and pressure groupsGroups of people

movement noun (CHANGE OPINION)

[C or U] a situation in which people change their opinion or the way that they live or work: There has been a movement towards more women going back to work while their children are still small. Recently there has been some movement away from traditional methods of teaching.Change and changes

movement noun (PROGRESS)

[U] an occasion when something develops, changes, or happens in a particular way or direction: There has been little movement in the dollar (= it has not changed in value very much) today.Change and changes

movement noun (MUSIC)

[C] one of the main parts of a piece of classical music: Beethoven's fifth symphony has four movements.Musical pieces

movement noun (CLOCK/WATCH)

[C] the part of a clock or watch that turns the hands (= thin sticks) that point to the timeWatches and clocks

movement noun (EXCRETE)

[C] polite word (used especially by doctors and nurses) an act of emptying the bowels: When did you last have a (bowel) movement?Excrement and its excretion
(Definition of movement from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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