Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “move”

move

verb
 
 
/muːv/
CHANGE PLACE [I] B1 If a person or an organization moves, they go to a different place to live or work: Eventually, he moved to Germany. She's moving into a new apartment. Our children have all moved away.Changing homes and moving
POSITION [I, T] A2 to change place or position, or to make something change place or position: We moved the chairs to another room. I can't cut your hair if you keep moving. Someone was moving around upstairs.General words for movementTransferring and transporting objectsChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently
move ahead/along/forward, etc to make progress with something that you have planned to do: The department is moving ahead with changes to its teaching programme.Making progress and advancingBecoming better
ACTION [I] to take action: [+ to do sth] The company moved swiftly to find new products.Acting and actsDealing with things or people
TIME [T] to change the time or order of something: We need to move the meeting back a few days.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently
FEELING [T] B2 to make someone have strong feelings of sadness or sympathy: [often passive] I was deeply moved by his speech. Many people were moved to tears (= were so sad they cried). → Compare unmovedMaking people sad, shocked and upsetStrong feelings
move house UK B1 to leave your home in order to live in a new oneChanging homes and moving
(Definition of move verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “move” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

sling

to throw or drop something carelessly

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