From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmovemove1 /muːv/ ●●● S1 W1 verb 1 change place [intransitive, transitive]MOVE/CHANGE POSITIONMOVE something OR somebody to change from one place or position to another, or to make something do this Please keep the doors closed while the train is moving. ‘Come on, ’ Sue said. No one moved. Could you move your car, please? It’s blocking the road.move quickly/slowly/steadily etc The plane moved slowly along the runway, then stopped.move away/out/to/towards etc He moved closer to her. Becca moved down the steps and into the yard.move about/around I could hear someone moving around upstairs. The bar was so crowded you could hardly move. At Christmas, you couldn’t move for toys in this house (=there were a lot of toys). Paul couldn’t move a muscle (=could not move at all) he was so scared.2 new house/office [intransitive, transitive]LEAVE YOUR HOME/COUNTRY if a person or company moves, or if you move them, they go to live or work in a different place We’ve moved seven or eight times in the last five years.move to/into/from When are you moving to Memphis? They’ve moved into bigger offices in London.move somebody to/into/from etc something He had to move his mother into a nursing home. The company is moving its sales center downtown.move house/home British English (=go to live in a different house) My parents kept moving house because of my dad’s job.3 change opinion etc a) [intransitive] to change from one opinion or way of thinking to another syn shift Neither side is willing to move on the issue of territory.move towards/away from The two political parties have moved closer towards each other in recent months. At this stage, children move further away from the influence of their parents, and depend more on their friends. b) [transitive] to persuade someone to change their opinion She won’t be moved – it doesn’t matter what you say to her.4 progress [intransitive]PROGRESS to make progress in a particular way or at a particular rate Things moved quickly once the contract was signed. The negotiations seem to be moving in the right direction.get/keep things moving The plan should boost employment and get things moving in the economy.5 take action [intransitive]DEAL WITH to start taking action, especially in order to achieve something or deal with a problemmove on/against The governor has yet to move on any of the recommendations in the report.move fast/quickly/swiftly You’ll have to move fast if you want to get a place on the course.6 change job/class etc [intransitive, transitive]CHANGE FROM ONE THING TO ANOTHER to change to a different job, class etc, or to make someone change to a different job, class etc syn transfermove somebody to/into/from something Several students were moved from the beginners’ class into the intermediate one. He spent five years at KLP, before moving to IMed as a manager.7 emotion [transitive]SYMPATHIZE to make someone feel strong emotions, especially of sadness or sympathybe deeply/genuinely/profoundly moved Russell was deeply moved by what he heard. His speech moved the audience to tears. → moving(1)8 cause somebody to do something [transitive] to cause someone to do somethingmove somebody to do something Seeing her there had moved him to think about the time they had together.be/feel moved to do something I have never before felt moved to write, but I feel I must protest.9 time/order [transitive]CHANGE FROM ONE THING TO ANOTHER to change the time or order of somethingmove something to/from something Could we move the meeting to Thursday?10 change subject [intransitive]CHANGE FROM ONE THING TO ANOTHER to start talking or writing about a different subjectmove away from/off/to etc We seem to be moving away from the main point of the discussion. → move on11 → get moving12 → it’s time I was moving/we ought to get moving etc13 games [intransitive, transitive]DGB to change the position of one of the objects used to play a game such as chess14 at a meeting [intransitive, transitive] formalBBPG to officially make a proposal at a meetingmove that The chairman moves that the meeting be adjourned.move to do something I move to approve the minutes as read.move an amendment British English (=suggest a change) They want to move an amendment to the bill.15 go fast [intransitive] informalFAST/QUICK to travel very fast This car can really move!16 be bought [intransitive]BBTSELL if things of a particular kind are moving, they are being bought, especially at a particular rate The highest-priced homes are still moving slowly.17 → move with the times18 → move in ... circles/society/world → move the goalposts at goalpost(2), → move in for the kill at kill2(2), → move heaven and earth at heaven(9), → when the spirit moves you at spirit1(15)GrammarMove belongs to a group of verbs where the same noun can be the subject of the verb or its object. • You can say: They moved the store to bigger premises. In this sentence, ‘the store’ is the object of move.• You can say: The store moved to bigger premises. In this sentence, ‘the store’ is the subject of move.THESAURUSmove to go to a different place, or change the position of your bodySarah moved away from the window.Every time I move I get a pain in my left shoulder.sway to move slowly from one side to the otherThe branches swayed in the wind.Donny swayed drunkenly as he walked back to his car.rock to move repeatedly from one side to another, with small gentle movementsHe rocked backward and forward in his chair.The boat rocked from side to side with the waves.wobble to move unsteadily from side to sideThe bike wobbled a bit, but she soon got it under control.fidget to keep moving or playing with your fingers, hands, feet etc, because you are bored or nervousDiana fidgeted nervously with her pencil.squirm to make very small movements from side to side with your body, especially because you feel uncomfortableBy the end of the hour, most of the children were squirming in their seats.wriggle to make small movements from side to side, especially in order to get into or out of somethingThe dog wriggled under the fence and escaped into the street.She managed to wriggle into the dress, but it was much too tight.twitch if part of your body twitches, it makes small movements that you cannot controlA muscle on Yang’s face twitched.stir written to make a movement – used especially when describing a situation in which no one moves, or someone wakes upIn the village a dog barked but no one stirred.The sleeping child stirred and opened her eyes.budge to move – used when you are trying hard to make something move, often without successThe piano wouldn’t budge.to move to a different house, office etcmove to move to a different house, office etcThey’ve moved back to Santiago.My brother’s helping us move house.relocate to move to a different place – used about companies, organizations, and people who work for themNATO’s main headquarters relocated to Brussels.Klein is relocating to London to head up the investment banking team. not movingstill not moving – use this especially about people who are not moving, or about places where there is no windThere was no wind and the trees were completely still.Keep still while I tie your shoes.stationary not moving – use this about cars, trains, or objectsThe truck swerved and hit a stationary vehicle.immobile not moving or not able to move, especially because of fear or tirednessAs the disease progressed, she became increasingly immobile.motionless completely still – used especially in literatureKemp sat motionless as the verdict was read.calm not moving because there is no wind – use this about air and waterThe lake was calm.be at a standstill if traffic is at a standstill it is not movingTraffic was at a standstill on the motorway. → move along → move around → move away → move down (something) → move in → move off → move on → move out → move over → move up→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusmove• "Do they still live on Reighton Road?" "No, they've moved."• It's essential that these budget talks get moving.• His dad was in the army, so they moved a lot as kids.• His suit was disheveled, his shoes caked with mud; his hands moved abstractly before him.• Now I got to move and start all over.• It may be difficult to move areas since many local authorities and some housing associations operate strict residence restrictions.• I can hear someone moving around downstairs!• Many socialists were moving away from faith in revolution towards a fight for reform.• Airport authorities are moving fast to improve security following a series of bomb threats.• My mother moved forward and grabbed my wrist.• In her early years her family had moved from one town to another, and she had never felt settled anywhere.• Once she's made up her mind, you can't move her.• Moving house can be extremely stressful.• Every time I move I get a pain in my left shoulder.• More rabbits are likely to move in, more rabbits are bred and no area stays denuded for very long.• I think that the trade agreement is moving in the right direction.• I tried to open the door, but I couldn't move it an inch.• Neither side is willing to move on this issue.• If anyone wants to put in a bid on the property they'll have to move quickly.• Police say that the investigation is moving slowly, and they are hoping that more witnesses will come forward.• So, just as the statue was to be moved, the controversy heated up.• It took three men to move the piano.• Don't move, there's a spider on your back.• A collection of firefighting crews moved to a primitive airstrip, a strip of grass amid the pines.• After the war, Oberth moved to Heidelberg to study with the outstanding chemists and physicists there.• He also earned a law degree before changing his name from Margulois to Merrick and moving to New York in 1939.• In the past year the leadership has moved to strengthen their control over the party.• Did you know that Karen's moving to the US in August?move quickly/slowly/steadily etc• After the passage of the Act through Parliament, events in Bedford moved quickly.• She was moving slowly along the edge of the pavement when a car door swung open in front of her, blocking her path.• Alan is moving slowly, apparently distracted by other cases.• Only time would do that and time moved slowly at the Greenham camp that spring for Folly.• They prod us with their guns because we are not moving quickly enough for them.• They are heavy, smart trout, and they move quickly into the heavy water and riffles.• When Stafford saw Cantor move slowly toward the right, he descended on the opposite side.• Looking up from the paper, I saw Sheikha Grandmother moving slowly toward us, on Selma's arm.move to/into/from• With so much loose cash around, it is no surprise that the yakuza have moved into pachinko.• On passing downs, Russell will move to tackle with McGlockton while Smith and Johnstone play end.• In this case, a 45 year old woman with a large family had recently moved into the area.• Simon was sitting in Thomas's armchair, which was too big to be moved to the cottage.• He moved to the far end of the living room and boiled a small young spider plant.• After a moment, Eline moved to the table and stared down at her drawings determined to work.• Sometimes, however, it moves from there to the bloodstream and thus finds the nervous system, where it does damage.• Some have been moved to write letters to the editor or to the reviewer.move towards/away from• Our source claims the dealers thought the bike was too much of a move away from Ducati's racing pedigree.• Alarmingly, Lynch moves away from his central subject by this act of transfiguration.• Speaking from experience, I advise the Hymers to move away from Kent.• He moved away from the bar.• Cleared by the surface controller, he moves away from the spire and drops his weights, and we leave the bottom.• Like Castro himself, it has shown just enough flexibility to move away from untenable positions.• The Republican movement is learning this lesson, albeit slowly, as it moves away from violence.get/keep things moving• A lot of international help will be needed to get things moving.• It is aimed at specific areas and should get things moving.• They've got things organised off the pitch with the structures to keep things moving.• You have to keep things moving.• He says it is just what is needed in Northampton to get things moving again.• Management and councillors are anxious to get things moving as soon as possible.• But they expect a decent housing market, steady business investment and rising exports to keep things moving forward.• Once he'd got things moving he telephoned me.move on/against• But as it happened, the house had held, and now they were moving on.• He nodded add then moved on.• If we spend much time regretting, we lose precious time moving on.• They should accept that planning permission has been refused and move on.• We have heard recently that Trafford is working on the same lines, so we will have to get a move on.• If they started to cause trouble, we just asked them to move on and they appreciated it.• Perhaps we have moved on, become less hate-filled, less afraid of difference, less sexually repressed.• Since there are no more acknowledgements, Vickie moves on to problem solving.be deeply/genuinely/profoundly moved• They could see that he was genuinely moved and excited by his insane idea.• As boy and man, Fred Taylor was genuinely moved by matters scientific and technical.• They were genuinely moved by the news.• Blue is deeply moved by this.• Ceyx was deeply moved, for she loved him no better than he loved her, but his purpose held fast.• Stewart was deeply moved to be back in the compelling presence of his big brother after five years.be/feel moved to do something• You can also create one of these compressed archives that can be moved to another computer and restored there.• All equipment, notes - anything useful that could be dismantled - were to be moved to another location.• She was waiting to be moved to start her month.• Cram wallflowers into containers now to be moved to centre stage in late spring.• As I learned more about the situation, I felt moved to get involved.• Following treatment, calves should be moved to pasture which has not been grazed by cattle in the same year.• Equally, you can not read about its history and be moved to sympathy by those revelations.• Can one, maybe two cameras, be moved to the next set for the following scene?move something to/from something• Ms. Parry's appointment was moved to 10:30.move away from/off/to etc• But essentially I was moving away from dead ends more than being drawn toward children.• When a naval base or arms factory is closed down, people move away to find jobs.• The other passengers moved away from mea reaction I noticed more and more in the months ahead.• Decreasing the velocity will mean that the spacecraft moves away from perigee less quickly.• When looking at the coin in the water, moving away from the container meant you could no longer see the coin.• We moved away from the house maybe thirty feet to where there were some low crab apples, and waited.• But most men do not choose their fathers as role models as they move away from their families and into the world.• Like Castro himself, it has shown just enough flexibility to move away from untenable positions.move that• They moved that a new scheme should be prepared, in conformity with catholic social teaching.• The whole of Berlin seemed to be on the move that day, spreading itself along the barrier like ivy.• They had taken the lead after two minutes with a simple move that found the Oxford defence in disarray.• This is a move that immediately suggests a preliminary to political blackmail.• The other kind of move that is ruled out is one that violates the hard core, as we have already mentioned.• But the officials were adamant that a Cliftonville player was offside during the move that preceded the goal.• Sensing his authority had ebbed, Fujimori grimly took the only exit left: political suicide, a move that stunned everyone.• The chairman moved that the meeting be adjourned.• Many in the entertainment industry at the time saw it as a historic move that would open pop stations to blacks.