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Topic: MILITARY

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: marchier 'to step heavily'

march

1 verb
     
march1
1 [intransitive]PM if soldiers or other people march somewhere, they walk there quickly with firm regular steps
march across/along/past etc
On 29 August the royal army marched into Inverness.
march on
He gathered his troops and prepared to march on the capital (=march to the capital in order to attack it).
Quick march! (=an order to tell people to start marching)
We marched 50 km across the foothills.
2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] if a large group of people march somewhere, they walk there together to express their ideas or protest about something:
An estimated 5,000 people marched through the city to demonstrate against the factory closures.
march on
Outraged citizens marched on City Hall (=marched to City Hall), demanding the police chief's resignation.
3 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to walk somewhere quickly and with determination, often because you are angry
march off/out etc
Brett marched out of the office, slamming the door behind him.
4 [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to force someone to walk somewhere with you, often pushing or pulling them roughly
march somebody to/into etc something
Mr Carter marched us to the principal's office.
5

be given/get your marching orders

British English informal to be ordered to leave, especially because someone no longer wants you to work for them or no longer wants a relationship with you
6

time marches on

used to say that as time goes by, situations change and things do not remain the same
WORD FOCUS: walk WORD FOCUS: walk
stroll in a relaxed way for pleasure
wander
with no aim or direction
stride
in a confident or angry way
march
soldiers
hike
for long distances in the countryside or the mountains
tiptoe
very quietly
wade
through water
stagger
in an unsteady way because you are drunk or injured
limp
with difficulty because one leg is painful or injured
walk

See also
walk
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