Meaning of move in English:


Pronunciation /muːv/

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  • 1no object, usually with adverbial of direction Go in a specified direction or manner; change position.

    ‘she moved to the door’
    • ‘I heard him moving about upstairs’
    • ‘I could hear my brother moving around upstairs and I knew that he was getting ready for work.’
    • ‘She shoved her into the front row before moving to stand in the doorway of the gazebo.’
    • ‘She stood, and moved to the door, turning the lock with a echoing metallic sound.’
    • ‘The pounding in his skull was reduced to a dull throbbing, so he stood slowly and moved to the door.’
    • ‘He downed the contents of the cup in front of him, and stood up to move through the back door.’
    • ‘The door closed in her face and I heard her feet shuffling as she moved to stand sentry by the door.’
    • ‘Forecasters say Hurricane Emily could dump as much as 15 inches as it moves inland.’
    • ‘It is not until you move upstairs that the true potential of the building is evident.’
    • ‘Philip pushes himself out of his chair, moving to stand directly in front of his brother.’
    • ‘She turned as she heard the kitchen door slam and Clint moving down the hallway to the den.’
    • ‘As he moved through the row of chairs he heard a very loud shot that seemed to be right outside the conference room.’
    • ‘My dad moved to the door and I heard him talking to someone right outside of it.’
    • ‘We were stuck in the middle of a large crowd and could not move to a better position to see the fireworks, even if there had been time to do so.’
    • ‘Blackbirds have such sensitive ears that they can hear a worm moving beneath soil three feet away.’
    • ‘The dark clouds were moving fast, drawing closer and closer to our side of town.’
    • ‘Michael moved quickly in her direction.’
    • ‘I quickly moved closer to the edge of the bed in attempt to keep my distance from him.’
    • ‘Forecasters say that the storm is now moving offshore.’
    • ‘She enters the room, moves over to him and places a finger on his lips’
    • ‘I move over to the dining room table behind her.’
    go, walk, proceed, progress, advance, pass
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    1. 1.1with object Change the place, position, or state of.
      ‘she moved the tray to a side table’
      • ‘can you move your car so I can get mine out?’
      • ‘Officers said they could not move the car as it was not in a dangerous position, so they handed the matter over to the Borough Council.’
      • ‘Orchestral sections were moved from one position to another in a search for perfect sound relationships.’
      • ‘He said these traffic lights were badly positioned and should be moved to a more suitable place.’
      • ‘She adjusts positions, moving her feet up onto the couch, and leans on his shoulder.’
      • ‘I moved a pillow into position.’
      • ‘It also suggests using sandbags or floorboards to block doorways and moving cars to higher ground.’
      • ‘I moved our car back into the garage, assuming there was a festival or parade the following day.’
      • ‘When he and Kate came out of the restaurant, the car had been moved to a shady spot.’
      • ‘As a conveyor belt moved plastic trays along, lines of workers were placing chocolates into them by hand.’
      • ‘Bottle banks have already been moved to the car park near the bank.’
      • ‘They immediately moved our car, a Vauxhall Corsa, to a safe place, and put the fire out.’
      • ‘At first he thought Craig was playing a joke and had just moved the car around the corner.’
      • ‘He got out of his car to move the cones and was confronted by two masked men, one armed with a knife.’
      • ‘Most of the furniture was moved to the side too.’
      • ‘Amy moved her finger upward and pointed to two more black dots.’
      • ‘The seed should then be sown outdoors and the plants moved to their flowering positions in autumn if large enough or the following spring if not.’
      • ‘Next autumn, sever the shoot from the parent, leave it a few weeks to settle, then move to its new position.’
      • ‘They claim moving the market into the centre of Driffield has helped to breathe new life into the commercial activity of the town.’
      • ‘Town hall bosses are considering moving the market to a new home to fit in with plans for a cultural quarter.’
      • ‘They agreed to move their protest further along the street, but argued they had the right to protest in public.’
      carry, transport, transfer, transpose, shift, switch
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    2. 1.2Change one's place of residence or work.
      ‘his family moved to London when he was a child’
      • ‘they moved house four days after the baby was born’
      • ‘The family had only moved to the house on Whitworth Road four months ago.’
      • ‘His family had moved from a smaller house a few miles away right before he entered seventh grade.’
      • ‘Born in Essex to a colonel's family, she moved frequently during her childhood.’
      • ‘The boys' families had recently moved to a new housing development.’
      • ‘The family moved around a lot and she went to 15 different schools.’
      • ‘He was born into a poor London family that moved frequently, allowing him little formal education.’
      • ‘Smith and his family are moving to live in Spain later this year.’
      • ‘The Brontë family lived there before moving to the parsonage at Haworth.’
      • ‘He later moved with his family to Canada, having obtained permanent residence there.’
      • ‘During World War I the family moved to Amsterdam to live with relatives.’
      • ‘At first, they settled along the coast, but eventually settlers moved inland.’
      • ‘They forget that when a player moves abroad he has to get used to the cultural, lifestyle, and behavioural differences a new club will invariably throw up.’
      • ‘David had wanted to move to Spain.’
      • ‘For the first time he spoke about a conversation he'd had with his son, who had moved to England only a few months ago.’
      • ‘She tells us repeatedly about how she planned to travel after the war but she ended up meeting my Grandad, marrying him very quickly and moving to London.’
      • ‘Aides have reportedly confirmed that he was talking about stepping down as Education Secretary and moving to a different department.’
      • ‘She also began to know everything there is to know about the housing service as she moved from department to department.’
      • ‘But the College also said she could move to the accounts department immediately if she so chose.’
      • ‘She later moved to the Department of Foreign Affairs where she spent time in the passport office.’
      • ‘When my dad decided to retire from the New York Police Department, we moved down to Florida.’
      relocate, move house, move away, move out, change address, change house, leave, go away, decamp
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    3. 1.3(of a player) change the position of a piece in a board game.
      ‘White has forced his opponent to move’
      • ‘if Black moves his bishop he loses a pawn’
      • ‘Once this is filled up players move their pieces creating larger and larger stacks.’
      • ‘When all pieces have been placed on the board, the players move the pieces around one intersection at a time.’
      • ‘Players move from space to space on a board in the shape of Madagascar which is coloured in the white, red and green of the national flag.’
      • ‘Each player moves a pair of pegs up the outside and down the inside of their side of the board.’
      • ‘The objective is simply to be the first to move all the pieces across the board and into the star point opposite.’
      • ‘Leaning forward to his opponent he moves all pieces from both sides around the board until he has finally checkmated his way to victory.’
      • ‘If a piece is in limbo, the player must get it back on the board before moving any other piece.’
    4. 1.4 informal Depart; start off.
      • ‘let's move—it's time we started shopping’
      • ‘‘Let's move,’ Chris whispered to me.’
      • ‘Okay... gotta move! See you all later!’
      • ‘He said that we'd better move if we were going to make it home by dark.’
    5. 1.5move it informal in imperative Hurry up.
      • ‘come on—move it!’
    6. 1.6 informal Go quickly.
      • ‘Kennings was really moving when he made contact with a tyre at the hairpin and flipped over’
      • ‘The wind was really moving at this point.’
      • ‘The ball was really moving when it reached him.’
      • ‘They might look blubbery and slow, but they can move when they have to.’
      • ‘He can really move for a big guy.’
    7. 1.7(with reference to merchandise) sell or be sold.
      with object ‘booksellers should easily be able to move this biography of Lincoln’
      • ‘These copies are moving fast and will be sold out in a matter of days.’
      • ‘I've seen some shell shocked illustrators at shows lately, completely unable to understand why their prints aren't moving in quantity.’
      be bought, be purchased, go
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  • 2no object Make progress; develop in a particular manner or direction.

    ‘aircraft design had moved forward a long way’
    • ‘councillors are anxious to get things moving as soon as possible’
    • ‘He wants a council analysis of traffic through his village before the massive new development moves forward.’
    • ‘If Blackburn is to move forward, quality development of this nature is required.’
    • ‘We have got a huge squad and the competition is rife, but you need that for the club to progress and move forward.’
    • ‘We now have the stability and confidence to move forward and develop the site.’
    • ‘And it is an area where progress is moving so fast that, once you fall behind, you may never catch up.’
    • ‘Surely there are enough people out there, interested in their Town, to form an Action Group, and get things moving?’
    • ‘I should complain in public more often - it seems to get things moving.’
    • ‘A small group met recently to get things moving, and they are now looking for others keen to become members.’
    • ‘It took a while to get things moving, but that was seven years ago and now business is running smoothly.’
    • ‘It helps to have a couple of strong leaders who can really get things moving and make sure goals are being met.’
    • ‘We're moving forward faster than any country in the world, but for me it's not going fast enough’
    • ‘We must have an historical perspective if we want to be able to move forward progressively as a people and as a nation.’
    • ‘Throughout my career I've progressed, taking a step at a time but always moving forward.’
    • ‘As the project moves forward a time-line will register month by month progress.’
    • ‘Lenders will drip-feed the cash as the project moves ahead, checking progress at each stage before sending you another cheque.’
    • ‘I know I can't achieve everything at once, but things are moving slowly in the right direction.’
    • ‘Medical technology is moving ahead at a rapid pace.’
    • ‘The reforms are moving too quickly for those on the ground.’
    • ‘The first thing that I was pleased with was that things were moving quickly.’
    • ‘She joined Ford in the finance department at 21 and moved steadily up the ranks to become the only female head of a major car brand.’
    progress, make progress, make headway, advance, develop
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    1. 2.1Change from one state, opinion, or activity to another.
      ‘the school moved over to the new course in 1987’
      • ‘she deftly moved the conversation to safer territory’
      • ‘This quality threshold is likely to be raised as the organisation moves into the private sector.’
      • ‘It is a measure of how far to the right official opinion has moved.’
      • ‘We moved reluctantly toward the opinion that Labor was, at least arguably, the best option available.’
      • ‘The activities have moved from policing to social fencing.’
      • ‘At the end of the first year, the company had moved firmly into profit with sales approaching €1.7m.’
      • ‘The story moves from playful conversation to knuckle crunching violence at the drop of a hat, but you never get lost or thrown out of the story.’
      • ‘The conversation then moved to my Grandma, who keeps a diary so she knows what's happening and what day it is.’
      • ‘We must move firmly beyond a passive politics in which people are simple recipients of policies decided for them.’
      • ‘Progressive opinion seems to be moving towards trusteeship as a solution.’
      • ‘Then the conversation moves to New Year's resolutions.’
      • ‘Soon enough the conversation moves to the one thing in the world that I can't ever get enough of… movies.’
      • ‘The topic of conversation then moved onto the less weighty issue of the day's soccer results.’
      • ‘Dad and Alistair's conversation had now moved onto India.’
      • ‘Back in the office, conversation moved fluidly onto our staff conference, due at the end of October.’
      • ‘It is now clear that the party has moved firmly to the right under new leadership.’
      • ‘After the first two years the financial position improved as farming moved into more prosperous times.’
      • ‘On defence he has tried to move the party rightwards.’
      • ‘With each reactionary word, he moves his party further to the right’
      • ‘In three years, the global campaign moved debt relief from a marginal issue to the centre of global attention.’
      • ‘Over the longer term they will organise a political party to make alternative proposals to move society to the right.’
      change, budge, shift one's ground, change one's tune, sing a different song, change one's mind, change one's opinion, have second thoughts
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    2. 2.2Take action.
      ‘hardliners may yet move against him, but their success might be limited’
      • ‘He could be ousted from the Tory leadership within days as MPs finally prepare to move against him.’
      • ‘The Labour Party has not taken any steps to move against its leader.’
      • ‘If you are found guilty of such an offence perhaps the government will move against you.’
      • ‘The government has also threatened to move against the power workers.’
      • ‘The shadow of that bloody event hung over the decision to move against the student strike.’
      • ‘This time, police and security forces did not follow orders to move against the crowd.’
      • ‘He began his fight last week, with a warning to the party not to move against him as a troublesome dissenter.’
      • ‘He only withdrew his remarks after elements of his own party threatened to move against his leadership.’
      • ‘They should now move quickly to build profitable market shares overseas in order to survive.’
      • ‘However, the management team moved quickly to bring in a clutch of signings and the season has picked up.’
      • ‘The military's failure to move against him only highlighted how divided it was.’
      • ‘This she did with a measure of maturity beyond her years, moving quickly to repel attacks and eliminate danger.’
      • ‘He admits it was an error and the Government is moving quickly to fix it.’
      • ‘Bosses have moved to reassure workers that the wilder rumours are not true: the York factory has a future.’
      • ‘Once, when detectives raided the house, nearby residents moved quickly to protect the girls.’
      • ‘He also moved to assure residents that the area would not be left out of the proposals.’
      • ‘Its two bigger competitors are moving to lock up oil and gas supplies at home and abroad.’
      • ‘Retailers are moving steadily to meet the consumer demand for online and offline channels.’
      • ‘The company has been moving to expand its brand into hotels and casinos.’
      • ‘If management moves to raise efficiency and doesn't sell more cars, it will end up with even more unneeded workers.’
      take action, act, take steps, make a move, do something, take measures, take the initiative
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  • 3with object and infinitive Influence or prompt (someone) to do something.

    ‘his deep love of music moved him to take lessons with Dr Hill’
    • ‘I am not moved to love you, Lord, to gain the heaven you have promised in return.’
    • ‘This is what draws him to us and moves him to love us.’
    • ‘It might be a rose, an animal, or a child that moves me to paint.’
    • ‘It was overflowing love and compassion that moved the Lord Jesus to go to the cross.’
    • ‘What moves men and women to love others is the innate goodness that they know is in each and every one of us.’
    • ‘His love and his grace will move you to echo the words of John the Baptist.’
    inspire, prompt, stimulate, motivate, provoke, influence, rouse, actuate, incline, persuade, urge, lead, cause, impel, induce, incite, excite
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    1. 3.1with object Arouse a strong feeling, especially of sorrow or sympathy, in (someone)
      ‘she felt deeply moved by this picture of his plight’
      • ‘Many of the crowd were moved to tears during the two-minute silence, while veterans lowered standards to the ground.’
      • ‘Her husband Jack was moved to tears as onlookers watched him unveil the plaque and lay her ashes to rest.’
      • ‘I am deeply moved by reading this story and my deepest sympathy goes out to the person who wrote it.’
      • ‘It is not necessary to be a highly skilled author to write a story that makes readers catch their breath, laugh out loud or be moved to tears.’
      • ‘I was deeply moved - but also entertained - by your VE-Day feature in the May issue.’
      • ‘The book was hard to get hold of here in Canada but when I finally got a copy, I was deeply moved by it.’
      • ‘The film deeply moved the audience and we could gauge that there was total involvement.’
      • ‘The orchestra was fine, but there was a never a time that I felt deeply moved by their playing.’
      • ‘It's a movie that moves people very deeply.’
      • ‘When they listened to the national anthem during the ceremony, they were moved to tears.’
      • ‘The events described in the book still have the power to move her to tears.’
      • ‘It's not so much the lyrics or the music specifically that moves me.’
      • ‘I was moved by the music but make-up, costume and performance were what was important.’
      • ‘I know that when I hear music, it moves me in a way that I can't easily explain.’
      • ‘I love stories that move us and that remind us of what it is to be human.’
      • ‘There were particular songs that really moved me because of the lyrics and the music.’
      • ‘The memory and the love of your loved one will continue to move you and inspire you for the rest of your life.’
      • ‘The music is vital - it really moves the audience.’
      • ‘I cannot remember the last time an album so profoundly moved me, such is the magical beauty of the music contained within.’
      • ‘I first read this when I was a teenager living in Trinidad in the early eighties, and I remember it moving me then.’
    2. 3.2 archaic with object Stir up (an emotion) in someone.
      ‘he justly moves one's derision’
      • ‘All the prejudices, all the exaggerations of both the great parties in the state, moved his scorn.’
      • ‘It raises the ill humour of mankind, excites the keener spirits, moves indignation in beholders and sows the very seeds of schism in men's bosoms.’
      • ‘That poor child moved my compassion deeply.’
      • ‘It moves pity more than mirth, to see a man, whom Nature has made no fool, so very industrious to appear like an ass.’
      • ‘They are continually blaspheming, which affronts him and moves his anger.’
      affect, touch, strike, impress, shake, upset, disturb, hit, disquiet, agitate, stir, make an impression on, have an impact on, tug at someone's heartstrings
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  • 4with object Propose for discussion and resolution at a meeting or legislative assembly.

    ‘she intends to move an amendment to the Bill’
    • ‘I beg to move that this House deplores the government's economic policies’
    • ‘The Government also intends to move a number of technical amendments at the Committee stage.’
    • ‘The resolution was moved by the United States and supported unanimously by the Security Council.’
    • ‘Our union, in 1899, moved a resolution from the Doncaster branch, calling for the Labour Party to be set up.’
    • ‘The big surprise was that when we moved our resolution at the women's TUC there was no major opposition.’
    • ‘Labor, Green and Democrat senators moved a motion on October 16 supporting the strike.’
    • ‘When I first moved the legislation, the wife of a former freezing worker came to my office to thank me.’
    • ‘That is why the National Party is moving an amendment stating that the title of the bill should reflect what the bill does.’
    • ‘As we go on through, it will be entirely up to members to move an amendment if they think a word is out of place or is not understood.’
    • ‘I just want to ask the member who has moved this amendment a brief question.’
    • ‘We will be moving some amendments at the Committee stage and will abstain until we see whether those amendments are adopted.’
    • ‘We are moving amendments to clarify employment practices within this organisation.’
    • ‘He will stress that local MPs can move amendments to the legislation if they wish.’
    • ‘We have moved a number of amendments that would have provided for a much more realistic way of dealing with that.’
    • ‘The National Party warmly supports the motion moved by the Prime Minister.’
    • ‘In the first part of the Committee stage, the Government senior whip moved a closure motion.’
    • ‘Home secretary Sir George Grey moved the Security Bill in the Commons.’
    • ‘The legislation was moved to committee and is expected to reach a vote early next week.’
    • ‘The motion is moved in order to complete the Government's programme before the House rises for the summer adjournment.’
    • ‘The 50 per cent increase was moved by Tory group leader Coun Chris Humphries.’
    • ‘A motion of no confidence was moved, and the government resigned in January 1957.’
    propose, submit, suggest, put forward, advocate, recommend, request, urge
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    1. 4.1 archaic Apply formally to (a court or assembly) for something.
      ‘his family moved the Special Court for adequate ‘maintenance expenses’ to run the household’
      • ‘Did you move the court to change its declaration, to bring its declaration into line with its reasons?’
      • ‘The family moved court for a copy of the will so that it could move court for its legality.’
      • ‘The latest ruling effectively means that his only remaining option in the matter is to move a civil court to seek damages.’
      • ‘What are the requisite things that the consumer needs to move the consumer court for deficiency in service?’
      • ‘So, you would be having to move the Full Court for special leave to cross-appeal.’
  • 5with object Empty (the bowels)

    ‘if you haven't moved your bowels today you'd better do it now’
    • ‘Toddlers in nappies are accustomed to urinating and moving their bowels whenever they feel the urge to do so.’
    • ‘I hadn't eaten or moved my bowels for a week and a half, so I decided to go and see my GP.’
    • ‘At that time, she was eating a solid diabetic diet, moving her bowels, and ambulating.’
    • ‘Studies of nurseries found that the babies moved their bowels in unison.’
    empty, empty out, void, open, move, purge, drain
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  • 1A change of place, position, or state.

    ‘she made a sudden move towards me’
    • ‘the country's move to independence’
    • ‘a career move’
    • ‘Eventually the object made a sudden move, jerked across the highway and came to a stop.’
    • ‘They try hard not to make any sudden moves as they draw their weapons out.’
    • ‘James held the shotgun in a death grip, his finger on the trigger, ready to blow Steve away if he made any sudden moves.’
    • ‘For 24 hours, you're not supposed to make any sudden moves.’
    • ‘When they notice Jim, they freeze into immobility, and only when he has stayed still for a considerable length of time, making no sudden moves, do they return to their slow hunt for nuts and roots.’
    • ‘And when you put the box over your head, don't make any sudden moves.’
    • ‘I back out slowly, making no sudden moves.’
    • ‘One of his first moves toward the horse, if permitted, is to get close to the horse and rub his body.’
    • ‘Walking down to the main drag, I fell into a full slow saunter, savouring the warmth and the sudden move into the light.’
    • ‘Don't make any sudden moves and do not scream and I will not hurt you.’
    • ‘Don't make any sudden moves, or this one will have a heart attack and that one will try to kill you.’
    movement, motion, action, activity
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    1. 1.1A change of house or business premises.
      ‘Annie mourned her move from the noisy, crowded town to the peace of the countryside’
      • ‘the need for more space led to the move to the present offices’
      • ‘Just as remarkable is the story of the manuscript's survival through the decades, including three years on the run from the Gestapo, several house moves and even a flood.’
      • ‘The service ranges from sourcing reliable cleaners, gardeners or plumbers to helping with house moves or booking a holiday.’
      • ‘I assumed it had gone missing during his various house moves and I just forgot about it.’
      • ‘Despite many house moves, she had always made sure her large consignment of motley cardboard boxes went too.’
      • ‘It was most likely left in a box somewhere during one of the many house moves since the late '80s.’
      • ‘She added that due to their recent move of premises, they have twice the amount of space but only the same staff to work in it.’
      • ‘The move is to larger premises and the 12 staff, some of whom have worked at the Old Road store for decades, will go too.’
      • ‘They can request everything from a copy bill to a new connection, as well as notify us of a move to new premises or give us their meter reading.’
      • ‘I guess the house move is the dominant thing in my mind at the moment.’
      • ‘The move to bigger premises will enable the company to continue to expand.’
      • ‘He was told the volume of work for the body shop side of the business had increased in anticipation of a move to new premises.’
      • ‘The money she earned, about £60 a week, was put to one side to fund her move to a new house.’
      • ‘I had it in my last house, and then it vanished amid the chaos of the house move.’
      • ‘In 1658, Rembrandt made his final move to a rented house in a modest middle-class quarter.’
      • ‘A move to new Scottish premises is also likely to take place before the end of the year.’
      • ‘The business has also undergone major changes, with a move to new premises and the creation of new jobs.’
      • ‘Between moves, families settled into whatever housing was possible.’
      • ‘When I contemplate most house moves, the actual activity has indeed been confined to a few days only, spread out over a period, long or short.’
      • ‘The city council had promised to help us, that they understood our position following the move from Clarence Street.’
      • ‘I turned down a move to Chicago about three years ago as I'd recently got myself settled in the new house.’
      relocation, change of address, change of house, change of job, removal, transfer, posting
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    2. 1.2An act that initiates or advances a process or plan.
      ‘my next move is to talk to Matthew’
      • ‘If the holder of the office is very proactive and indeed imaginative he or she can initiate moves to further the cause of Sligo.’
      • ‘I was already initiating moves to get myself onto a site much closer to home, back in Liverpool.’
      • ‘Significant moves are planned to get more tourists into this country by air and sea.’
      • ‘Employees leaving the factory on Tuesday said that they had heard nothing about moves to close the factory.’
      • ‘Mr Bayley said there had been cases in York where families facing eviction started moves to buy the house - with the council powerless to stop them.’
      • ‘Edinburgh is making moves to lure the department store to the capital.’
      • ‘The department is making moves to better manage the land that most Australians write off as useless.’
      • ‘The company said some of the cost-cutting moves involved layoffs.’
      • ‘The bank said the cost-cutting move would help refocus and growth the company's retail business.’
      • ‘Moves are afoot in the union to try and end resistance to the reforms.’
      • ‘She would initiate moves designed to bring more financial discipline to the municipalities' budgets, she said.’
      • ‘I'm looking for evening classes so that I can make moves towards the career change I've long been considering.’
      • ‘We've seen tremendous moves made toward lowering the tension there.’
      • ‘During these 18 years, we had seen many of the most significant moves to strengthen the position of Gaelic.’
      • ‘It called for imaginative moves to free up the property market, including the introduction of relocation grants for people who have reared their families.’
      • ‘The ‘early finish’ scheme follows moves to change the school year into six shorter terms with standard holidays across England and Wales.’
      • ‘These comments are certain to be seen by some as a move towards tax harmonisation in the EU.’
      • ‘He wanted a general manager who would not make moves or express an opinion without consulting him.’
      • ‘West Swindon residents are being invited to give their opinions on how successful moves to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area have been.’
      • ‘If there is any move to block the deal, the opinion of the Competition Authority must be sought.’
      initiative, step, action, act, measure, tack, manoeuvre, tactic, stratagem, deed, gambit, ploy, ruse, trick, dodge
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    3. 1.3A manoeuvre in a sport or game.
      ‘Robson began a move which saw Webb run from the halfway line down the right’
      • ‘In probably the best move of the game, Moseley scored the important try.’
      • ‘Smith says much of his success throughout his career came from studying tapes of Rice and incorporating Rice's moves into his game.’
      • ‘He has incorporated more and more ridiculous moves into his game each year.’
      • ‘Unless he trains his body to a fitness level he has never reached and readjusts his game to include moves he has never considered, he will not become a great basketball player.’
      • ‘He scored again from a five-yard scrum with the last move of the game.’
      • ‘Persistent foul play or cynical moves such as deliberate handball would see the player sent to the sin-bin.’
      • ‘Both of West Germany's goals in the 1974 World Cup Final resulted from long moves from deep, which surely would have been stopped by a better-organised defence.’
      • ‘Just before full-time, he unleashed the best move of the game.’
      • ‘He shot home from near the penalty spot after the game's best move.’
      • ‘And after Symes had seen a shot turned away, the substitute began the move which put City in front.’
      • ‘He is making some of the elusive moves and tough catches that often weren't evident a year ago.’
      • ‘The Old Boys started the game with a bang and scored a try with the first move of the game.’
      • ‘Leigh won one of their best ever victories coming back from a 19 point deficit to win with the last move of the game.’
      • ‘I remember the Grand Slam year of 1990 with particular affection, all my schoolmates would re-enact moves from those games when we played among ourselves.’
      • ‘He was involved in several attacking moves.’
      • ‘He is fearless going over the middle and has great moves after the catch.’
      • ‘Confidence oozed from every position with everyone producing flicks and tricks and flowing passing moves.’
      • ‘He finished the move of the match with his second goal.’
      • ‘Cook started and finished a classy move which resulted in one of the best goals ever witnessed at the venue.’
      • ‘The move was initiated by Corduff from the left wing, when he delivered the ball across to the opposite wing.’
    4. 1.4A player's turn to change the position of a piece in a board game.
      ‘in this position Karpov had to seal his 41st move’
      • ‘I am a pawn and bishop down after 12 moves’
      • ‘Ray watched as they moved piece by piece, some moves taking longer to consider than others.’
      • ‘He's like a chess player, looking two moves ahead.’
      • ‘The left- and right-hand numbers tell us the number of moves remaining after either player's next turn.’
      • ‘I remember reading once that amateur chess players think as many moves ahead as grandmasters.’
      • ‘Now using the Internet, games can be held on virtual boards and players can message moves to each other electronically.’
      • ‘Each of the moves had to be with a different piece and a player had to be able to escape check on the first move of their turn otherwise it was checkmate.’
      • ‘It can often be seen several moves ahead when a player is able to win.’
      • ‘The large screen displayed the moves the players had made.’
      • ‘At the highest levels of chess, before you touch a piece, you are playing out an entire game of moves and countermoves in your head.’
      • ‘The move chosen in the game gives Black a slight edge without giving up a pawn.’
      • ‘In orthodox Chess, if a player has no legal move and his king is not in check, the game is a draw.’
      turn, go, play
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    get a move on
    • often in imperative Hurry up.

      • ‘get a move on or you'll be late’
      • ‘‘Hurry and eat quickly so we can get a move on,’ she said.’
      • ‘Some people will miss out on tens of thousands of pounds if they don't get a move on.’
      • ‘If necessary, this form can be submitted with your tax payment, but in any event, you need to get a move on.’
      • ‘Sometimes he doesn't even call; he simply shows up at my house and in his booming voice yells for me to get a move on.’
      • ‘Luckily my Dad laughed the matter off and told me to get a move on as Mum would be burning the breakfast bacon while waiting for us.’
      • ‘Come on, let's get a move on before this storm gets really bad.’
      • ‘I haven't had time to book a hotel yet but I need to get a move on.’
      • ‘Rumour says he stood on the castle walls and yelled at the workmen to get a move on, but he still died before they finished.’
      • ‘‘Lets get a move on,’ I interrupted, ‘and whatever happens, stick together.’’
      • ‘You better get a move on if you want to be ready for your date.’
    get moving
    • often in imperative Make a prompt start on a journey or task.

      • ‘you're here to work, so get moving’
      • ‘They offered me a free drink but as I explained I was now in a hurry and needed to get moving.’
      • ‘‘I'm looking forward to getting moving on this,’ Ford told the Sunday Herald last night.’
      • ‘Hopefully, if everybody gets moving, maybe by September there'll be some improvement.’
      • ‘Environmental industries are worth $1 trillion worldwide and unless Australia gets moving we'll miss the boom.’
      • ‘Let's get moving on the real issues we have to deal with.’
      • ‘Anyhow, time for me to check on the cats and get moving.’
      • ‘We need to get moving on this since logistics are a bit complex.’
      • ‘Tickets are still available for that last week, but likely won't be for long, so get moving if you want to see the musical.’
      • ‘I better get moving before I decide it's too comfy and warm on this couch.’
      • ‘I woke up around 8 Friday morning and decided to get up and get moving.’
      take action, act, take steps, make a move, do something, take measures, take the initiative
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    make a move
    • 1Take action.

      ‘each army was waiting for the other side to make a move’
      • ‘The prime minister is not sufficiently restored in authority that he can risk making a move against his still formidable Chancellor.’
      • ‘Last week the Minister made a move to try and solve the hill walking issue.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the Toyota Formula 1 team is making a move to lure the highly-rated technical director away from Renault.’
      • ‘He decided to wait until after the elections before making a move.’
      • ‘The leader will take time to consult with others before making a move.’
      • ‘He called him his counsellor, strategist and advisor, and he never makes a move without consulting him.’
      • ‘To ask for K1.5 million and at the same time threaten industrial unrest is trading on two extremes which will make it difficult for Government to make a move in either direction in the spirit of give and take.’
      • ‘We shall read and observe the prosecutor's indictment before we make a move.’
      • ‘But at some point in the future, he will have to make a move.’
      • ‘Conditions will have to be totally, or very substantially changed, for us to make a move.’
      • ‘Some time after 1: 00 am, the police made a move to push the crowd away from the station, which was now on fire.’
      • ‘From my point of view, I won't be rushed into making a move.’
      • ‘‘We hope the company will make a move to avert this dispute, but that remains to be seen,’ he said.’
      1. 1.1British Set off; leave somewhere.
        ‘I think I'd better be making a move’
        • ‘Thanks for the party boys, but it's time to make a move.’
        • ‘I had to insist that it was time to make a move.’
        • ‘We had an 11-hour bus ride and I was in for a long week if I did not make a move.’
        • ‘I arrived at 8pm and when I next looked at my watch it was twenty to eleven, so I thought I'd better make a move.’
        • ‘It got to 11 so we thought we should make a move.’
    make a move on
    • Make a proposition to (someone), especially of a sexual nature.

      • ‘when he tried to make a move on me, I rejected his advances’
      • ‘I started thinking about this guy, a waiter at a sushi bar, that I didn't make a move on, and thinking that night that I should have asked him out.’
      • ‘Vain, shallow Sally puts the moves on Patrick the moment he becomes single.’
      • ‘One night at a club I watched him put the moves on a gorgeous young woman who he had met earlier.’
      • ‘She started making a move on my man.’
      • ‘He visited a lapdancing club and tried to make a move on a blonde dancer.’
      • ‘‘I wasn't trying to make a move on you,’ she was quick to explain.’
      • ‘Randy never did make a move on the beautiful girl.’
      • ‘My boyfriend says I am sick to think he would make a move on Claire, but I see the chemistry between them and it drives me mad.’
      • ‘Let's say you get interested in someone else, and you make a move on them.’
      • ‘A 31-year-old male trainer at my new gym put the moves on me during my free training session.’
    make the first move
    • Be the first to initiate an action.

      ‘this girl made the first move and asked me out on a date’
      • ‘Senior politicians are worried about making the first move because the other parties will hound them for making cuts.’
      • ‘My mother and father, both, had always taught me that the guy makes the first move.’
      • ‘I was going to let her make the first move because she was the one who had the problem with me.’
      • ‘I know I should make the first move, but that's my shyness shining through.’
      • ‘Please, whatever you do, don't just wait for someone else to make the first move.’
    move with the times
    • Keep abreast of current thinking or developments.

      ‘resorts need to move with the times by providing clean beaches and modernized hotels’
      • ‘In order to retain its vigour modern football must move with the times, keep in tune with what current fans want and consider strategies that will attract new fans.’
      • ‘Whatever sport or business you are in, it's important to keep moving with the times.’
      • ‘It is a juggling act trying to keep the long-term clientele happy by offering personal service and quality brands, while moving with the times and attracting new customers.’
      • ‘It was a good period in my life, and I'm glad to see the club has moved with the times.’
      • ‘The club has evolved and has moved with the times.’
      • ‘And as for the exam system itself, it really hasn't moved with the times.’
      • ‘At 84 years Annie ensured she moved with the times and was always great at giving advice and listening.’
      • ‘We have always moved with the times and are constantly evolving to keep up with all the new technology that is around.’
      • ‘Attitudes have changed and we need to move with the times.’
      • ‘We have got to be prepared to be flexible and move with the times.’
    on the move
    • 1In the process of moving from one place or job to another.

      ‘it's difficult to contact her because she's always on the move’
      • ‘He had to be always on the move and travelling in India in those days was quite hazardous and time consuming.’
      • ‘The entire troupe is always on the move, travelling to nearly a dozen cities or towns every year.’
      • ‘People are always on the move now - family members take a year out and travel.’
      • ‘Being always on the move, they are a very fit and strong people.’
      • ‘It is not easy to be a family man, particularly when you are always on the move.’
      • ‘Chefs are always on the move.’
      • ‘Of course, he thought, they are gypsy travellers, and mastering such arts would be essential to a people always on the move.’
      • ‘Also, they were almost impossible to find as they are always on the move.’
      • ‘They were always on the move, always short of money, and their life together was passionate and stormy.’
      • ‘He's always on the move from one country to another, flying here and there, but he enjoys life doing that.’
      1. 1.1Making progress.
        ‘the economy appeared to be on the move’
        • ‘After years of stagnation, the economy seems to be on the move, albeit very, very slowly.’
        • ‘So back to square one, how do we get this economy on the move?’
        • ‘I had a decent paying job with my own corner office. I was on the move upwards.’
        • ‘Like its parent organisation it is always on the move, looking for new avenues by which it can attract new members.’
        • ‘Things are on the move, and that's very encouraging.’

Phrasal Verbs

    move along
    • often in imperative Change to a new position, especially to avoid causing an obstruction.

      • ‘‘Move along, move along,’ said the constable’
    move aside
    • Relinquish a job or leading position through being superseded by someone or something else.

      ‘it's time for the film establishment to move aside and make way for a new generation’
      • ‘People very often don't get what they deserve and he will now either move aside or be pushed aside.’
      • ‘Bo Outlaw, who started at small forward last season, is moving over to make room for Grant Hill.’
      • ‘We will soon all be doctors; you better move over and make room for us.’
      • ‘We are happy to move over and make room on this list for other colleges and universities as we all work toward bridging the digital divide.’
      • ‘The old must move over to make room for the young, that is natures way.’
    move away
    • Go to live in another area.

      • ‘before they moved away, I saw her every Thursday night’
    move in
    • 1Take possession of a new house.

      ‘when I first moved in I painted everything magnolia’
      • ‘Me and my man bought our house in April and moved in 7 weeks later.’
      • ‘Have you ever given much thought to the people who've lived in your house before you moved in and made it your own?’
      • ‘He hasn't been to the new house since we moved in back in June.’
      • ‘The jury heard that conditions in the house deteriorated after he moved in.’
      • ‘When we first moved in the house had been empty for a while and neglected for even longer.’
      • ‘It is also important that you do not move in before the house is finished.’
      • ‘The family owned the house for about 18 years, moving in during the 1970s.’
      • ‘He has been trying to renovate the house with a view to moving in, but the constant repairs he has to carry out are proving an obstacle.’
      • ‘They moved in six months ago and the house is slowly shaping up.’
      • ‘He accidentally set fire to the kitchen of his house on the day he moved in.’
      1. 1.1Start to share accommodation with someone.
        ‘a new tenant moved in’
        • ‘Victoria moved in with her new boyfriend’
        • ‘Other evicted residents have moved in with neighbours or with relatives.’
        • ‘I had no idea who I was moving in with until the start of shooting.’
        • ‘You are fortunate enough to have someone to move in with who loves you and can provide shelter.’
        • ‘Grandparents hit by pension shortfalls will move in with their grown-up children to save on residential care charges.’
        • ‘A generation ago, women defied convention by burning bras and moving in with boyfriends.’
        • ‘On moving in with me, Mom went into a depression and refused to leave the house or find a job or do anything but sit and smoke in the living room, and drink coffee.’
        • ‘We ended up renting for another year and then moving in with mum and dad.’
        • ‘We haven't been dating nearly long enough for me to feel comfortable moving in with him’
        • ‘Last night, he told me he wanted a divorce, and he was moving in with his best friend Erik.’
        • ‘She ended up selling her home and moving in with her mom in order to make ends meet.’
    • 2Intervene, especially so as to attack or take control.

      ‘food and water was scarce before soldiers moved in to rescue residents’
      • ‘With smoke billowing from the vehicle, the police moved in.’
      • ‘The riot police moved in and struck quick, hard blows with their batons, mainly at people's calf areas.’
      • ‘Police and ambulances moved in and the hostage was quickly ushered away.’
      • ‘As the demonstration became heated the police moved in.’
      • ‘Riot police moved in when fighting broke out between the two sets of supporters inside the stadium during the first half.’
      • ‘When the pubs closed and the customers took to the streets, the police moved in.’
      • ‘Dozens of armed police moved in and were stationed outside the bank, some on rooftops.’
      • ‘He took hostages at an old people's home before police managed to move in and arrest him.’
      • ‘The riot police moved in quickly, shields locked together, batons raised.’
      • ‘Police were slow to move in, allowing media cameramen to capture much of the destruction on film.’
    • 3move in something

      (also move within)
      Spend one's time or be active in a particular environment or social group.

      • ‘she moved in the pop and art worlds’
    move in on
    • 1move in on someone or somethingApproach someone or something, especially so as to take action.

      ‘the police moved in on him’
      • ‘You can see police just moving in on the hostage-taker.’
      • ‘Last week police moved in on the tiger farm, ranked among the biggest in the world.’
      • ‘Riot police move in on the protesters.’
      • ‘After investigations, police moved in on a house in Marabella earlier this week, where they seized bogus US currency and arrested two men.’
      • ‘Days after he made this statement in a sermon, police and the army moved in on him.’
      • ‘The new laws will allow the police to move in on people who are causing anti-social behaviour.’
      • ‘A group of immigration police officers moved in on the pair and arrested both men after finding drugs in their possession.’
      • ‘Municipal police moved in on the suspect.’
      • ‘Police moved in on one of perpetrators as she was shopping at the Royal Garden Plaza.’
      • ‘Police called for back-up and moved in on the school children and their parents.’
      1. 1.1move in on somethingBecome involved with something so as to take control of or put pressure on it.
        ‘the bank did not usually move in on doubtful institutions until they were almost bankrupt’
        • ‘Cab drivers at Manchester Airport are threatening legal action after a rival firm moved in on Terminal 3 and bypassed local authority licence control by setting up like a bus company.’
        • ‘When David inevitably piles up a debt he can't pay, Tony moves in on his business, sucking it dry and draining his son's college fund.’
        • ‘The rebels then moved in on this boarding school for war orphans, kidnapping 51 boys and nine girls along with two adults.’
        • ‘Of the four traditional pillars of the financial services industries - banking, insurance, securities and trusts - banks now dominate three, and are moving in on the last one, insurance.’
        • ‘Privatisation of education was this week put in the spotlight with the National Union of Teachers threatening strike action not just over performance related pay, but also over big business moving in on the classroom.’
        • ‘There are vested interests resistant to a private for-profit company moving in on such public provision.’
        • ‘Thus rhetoric encompassed literary study, whether historical or critical; and before long, it was moving in on philosophy and linguistics.’
        • ‘Cable companies are aggressively moving in on phone customers by offering an alternative service using Internet technology.’
    move off
    • (especially of a vehicle) start to move away; leave.

    move on
    • 1Leave.

      ‘the Mounties briskly ordered them to move on’
      • ‘The private landowner needs to obtain a court order to move them on from his or her land.’
      • ‘A short time later police again had to speak to the youths in the post office carpark where they were skating around parked cars and again they were moved on.’
      • ‘Some thought they were treated badly when they were moved on or told off for congregating in groups.’
      • ‘Coach drivers have been moved on by wardens and forced to drive round the airport for up to an hour while they wait for delayed passengers.’
      • ‘We have used old fashioned policing methods, like remove their drink and moving them on.’
      • ‘But the police soon moved them on because they were causing disruption to the flow of traffic.’
      • ‘I watched, totally excited, until a crew member moved me on.’
      • ‘Sleeping on the beach is no longer an option because the beach police will swoop down and move you on.’
      • ‘Those travellers have now moved on from the site, which developers want to turn into shops.’
      • ‘Pittsburgh was a port for settlers heading west to stock up on supplies before moving on.’
      1. 1.1move someone on, move on someoneCause someone to leave, especially because they are causing an obstruction.
        • ‘they blocked road access before police moved them on’
    • 2Start doing something new or making progress.

      ‘I've been in this job long enough—it's time I moved on’
      • ‘British cinema has moved on in the last decade’
      1. 2.1Stop having romantic feelings about someone.
        • ‘he had already moved on and was busy flirting with someone else’
    move out
    • 1Leave one's place of residence or work.

      • ‘they moved out and went north’
      1. 1.1move someone out, move out someoneCause someone to leave their place of residence or work.
        • ‘they moved me out of my office on Monday’


Middle English from Old French moveir, from Latin movere.