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Meaning of “march” in the English Dictionary

"march" in British English

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uk   /mɑːtʃ/  us   /mɑːrtʃ/
  • march noun (PUBLIC EVENT)

C1 [C] an ​event in which a ​largenumber of ​peoplewalk through a ​publicplace to ​expresstheirsupport for something, or ​theirdisagreement with or ​disapproval of something: She's going on a march on ​Saturday in ​protest over the ​closure of the ​hospital.

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  • march noun (SOLDIERS' WALK)

[C or U] a ​walk, ​especially by a ​group of ​soldiers all ​walking with the same ​movement and ​speed: It had been a ​long march and the ​soldiers were ​weary. The ​border was within a day's march (= ​distancemeasured in ​time taken to ​walk it).on the march If ​soldiers are on the march, they have ​started marching to a ​place.


uk   /mɑːtʃ/  us   /mɑːrtʃ/
  • march verb (WALK)

C2 [I] to ​walksomewherequickly and in a ​determined way, often because you are ​angry: She marched into my ​office and ​demanded to ​know why I hadn't written my ​report.C1 [I] to ​walk through a ​publicplace as ​part of a ​publicevent to ​expresssupport for something, or ​disagreement with or ​disapproval of something: Over four thousand ​people marched through London today to ​protest against the ​proposed new ​law.C1 [I or T] to ​walk with ​regularsteps and ​keeping the ​bodystiff, usually in a ​formalgroup of ​people who are all ​walking in the same way: The ​band marched through the ​streets. The ​soldiers marched 90 ​miles in three ​days.

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  • march verb (TAKE FORCEFULLY)

[T + adv/prep] to ​forcefully make someone go ​somewhere by taking ​hold of that ​person and ​pulling them there or going there together: Without saying a word, she took ​hold of my ​arm and marched me off to the headmaster's ​office. The ​police marched a ​gang of ​youths out of the ​building.
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Marchnoun [C or U]

uk   /mɑːtʃ/  us   /mɑːrtʃ/ (written abbreviation Mar.)
(Definition of march from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"march" in American English

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marchverb [I]

 us   /mɑrtʃ/
  • march verb [I] (WALK)

to ​walk with ​regularsteps of ​equallength, esp. with other ​people who are all ​walking in the same way: The ​band marched through the ​downtownstreets. If you march, you ​walkquickly with ​purpose and ​determination: She marched up to the ​customerservicedesk and ​demanded her ​money back.

marchnoun [C]

 us   /mɑrtʃ/
  • march noun [C] (MUSIC)

a ​piece of ​music with a ​strong, ​regularrhythm written for marching to: The ​parade was ​led by the high ​schoolband, ​playing a ​series of marches.
  • march noun [C] (PUBLIC EVENT)

an ​event in which many ​peoplewalk through a ​publicplace to ​expresstheirsupport of something, often in ​disapproval of an ​officialposition: a ​protest march
  • march noun [C] (WALK)

(of a ​militaryunit) the ​act of ​walking together in ​formation

Marchnoun [C/U]

 us   /mɑrtʃ/ (abbreviation Mar.)
the third ​month of the ​year, after ​February and before ​April
(Definition of march from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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