From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmove up phrasal verb1CHANGE FROM ONE THING TO ANOTHERUPto get a better job in a company, or change to a more advanced group, higher rank, or higher levelTo move up, you’ll need the right training.Share prices moved up this month. toThe kids learn fast, and can’t wait to move up to the junior team.He was moving up the ladder (=getting higher and higher positions), and getting management experience.He’s moved up in the world (=got a better job or social position) in the last few years, and his new flat shows it.2especially British EnglishMOVE/CHANGE POSITIONFORWARD to change position in order to make more space for other people or things or be near someone elseThere’s room for one more if everyone moves up a bit. →move→ See Verb table
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move up• Could you guys at the frontmove up a bit?• Suddenly a car moved up alongside Joseph and the drivershouted something at him.• FC Roma are slowly moving up the leaguetable.• The bankclerks seemed to be working really slowly as I moved up the line.• With this win Williams moves up to third place in the world rankings.move to• The track world now awaits his move up to 5,000m.• As his income grew, he moved up to a Porsche.• In his early twenties he had moved up to a suit-and-necktie job as a salesman in New York.• He pointed out that the mark also moved up to about 73. 35 yen.• I had moved up toAllocation and Repayment then, and I sent him a blisteringletter about it.• How long was it before they moved up to buying their jointcompound by the quart?• Taylor moved up to Clearwater in 1997 and was disappointing again, hitting only.244.• Then they moved up to four-cell embryos-and now the results were dismal.• Texas A&M moved up to the No. 2 position.