Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “movement”

movement

noun     /ˈmuːvmənt/
[C] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET a change in a number, price, etc. for example on a financial market: movements in sth Short-term movements in currency are difficult to predict. This stock market report discusses the latest trends and reasons behind share price movements.
[C] POLITICS an organized group of people who work together to achieve or oppose something: She's been in the environmental movement for 35 years. the labour/labor/(trade) union movement the civil-rights/women's movement
[C or U] TRANSPORT the process of moving or being transported from one place to another: the company's movement of jobs abroad We want to remove restrictions on trade and movements of capital. Under European law product safety takes precedence over freedom of movement for the product.
[S] the process of changing from one particular system, activity, etc. to another: a movement to/towards/from sth The movement toward free trade lies at the heart of globalization.
→ See also capital movement, currency movement, free movement, mass movement
(Definition of movement noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of movement

Definitions of “movement” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

closeness

the quality of knowing someone very well, liking them a lot, and wanting to spend a lot of time together

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More