Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: mouvoir, from Latin movere


1 verb
Related topics: Trade, Board Games, Government
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change place

[intransitive and transitive] 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.

new house/office

[intransitive and transitive] 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.

change opinion etc

a) [intransitive] to change from one opinion or way of thinking to another [= 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.


[intransitive] 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.

take action

[intransitive] to start taking action, especially in order to achieve something or deal with a problem
move 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.

change job/class etc

[intransitive and transitive] to change to a different job, class etc, or to make someone change to a different job, class etc [= transfer]
move 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.


[transitive] to make someone feel strong emotions, especially of sadness or sympathy
be deeply/genuinely/profoundly moved
Russell was deeply moved by what he heard.
His speech moved the audience to tears.
moving (1)

cause somebody to do something

[transitive] to cause someone to do something
move 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.


[transitive] to change the time or order of something
move something to/from something
Could we move the meeting to Thursday?

change subject

[intransitive] to start talking or writing about a different subject
move away from/off/to etc
We seem to be moving away from the main point of the discussion.
move on (4)

get moving

also move it spoken used to tell someone to hurry:
Come on, get moving or you'll be late for school.

it's time I was moving/we ought to get moving etc

spoken used to say that you need to leave or go somewhere:
I think it's time we were moving.
I ought to get moving - I have to be up early tomorrow.


[intransitive and transitive]DGB to change the position of one of the objects used to play a game such as chess

at a meeting

[intransitive and transitive] formalBBPG to officially make a proposal at a meeting
move 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.

go fast

[intransitive] informal to travel very fast:
This car can really move!

be bought

[intransitive]BBT 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.

move with the times

to change the way you think and behave, as society changes:
If the resorts want to keep attracting tourists, they need to move with the times.

move in ... circles/society/world

to spend a lot of time with a particular type of people and know them well:
She spent time in England, where she moved in high society.

➔ 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)

move along

phrasal verb
1 if a process or situation is moving along, or if you move it along, it continues and makes progress:
Construction of the bridge is moving along.
move something along
I hope we can move things along and get the negotiations going again.

move somebody ↔along

to officially order someone to leave a public place:
A queue formed by the gates, and a policeman tried to move people along.

move around

phrasal verb
to change where you live very frequently, especially so that you live in many different parts of a country:
My dad was in the army, so we moved around a lot.

move away

phrasal verb
to go to live in a different area:
My best friend moved away when I was ten.

move down (something)

phrasal verb
to change to a lower group, rank, or level:
Interest rates have moved down.
A drop in wages has meant that these families have moved down the economic scale.

move in

phrasal verb
1DH also move into something to start living in a new home [≠ move out]:
When are you moving in?
Mom and Dad had always planned to move into a smaller house when we grew up.
2 to start living with someone in the same home
move in with
Steve's going to move in with her.
3 to start being involved in and controlling a situation that someone else controlled previously:
The big multinationals moved in and started pushing up prices.
move in on
Investors moved in on a group of car enthusiasts and took over the market.
4 to go towards a place or group of people, in order to attack them or take control of them
move in on
Police moved in on the demonstrators in the square.

move off

phrasal verb
if a vehicle or group of people moves off, it starts to leave:
Always check behind the car before you move off.

move on

phrasal verb

change job/class

to leave your present job, class, or activity and start doing another one:
I enjoyed my job, but it was time to move on.
move on to
When you finish, move on to the next exercise.
move on to higher/better things (=get a better job or social position - used humorously)
Jeremy's leaving the company to move on to higher things.


a) to develop in your life, and change your relationships, interests, activities etc:
I've moved on since high school, and now I don't have much in common with some of my old friends.
move on from
She has long since moved on from the roles of her youth.
b) to change, progress, improve, or become more modern as time passes:
By the time the software was ready, the market had moved on.

move somebody on

British English to order someone to leave a particular place - used especially about police:
The police arrived on the scene and began moving the protesters on.

change subject

to start talking about a new subject in a discussion, book etc:
Before we move on, does anyone have any questions?

continue journey

to leave the place where you have been staying and continue to another place:
After three days we decided it was time to move on.
move on to
The exhibition has now moved on to Edinburgh.


if time, the year etc moves on, the time passes:
As time moves on, I'd like the children to play more challenging music.

time is moving on

British English spoken used to say that you must leave soon or do something soon, because it is getting late:
Time's moving on - we'd better get back to the car.

move out

phrasal verb
1 to leave the house where you are living now in order to go and live somewhere else [≠ move in]:
He moved out, and a year later they were divorced.
move out of
They moved out of London when he was little.
2 if a group of soldiers moves out, they leave a place
3 American English spoken to leave:
Are you ready to move out?

move over

phrasal verb
1 to change position so that there is more space for someone else:
Move over a little, so I can get in.
2 to start using a different system, doing a different type of work etc
move over to
Most companies have moved over to computer-aided design systems.
3 to change jobs, especially within the same organization or industry
move over from
The company's new publisher just moved over from Villard Books.

move over Madonna/Walt Disney/CD-ROMs etc

used when saying that something new is becoming more popular than something older - used humorously:
Move over, Armani, there's a new designer taking the fashion scene by storm.

move up

phrasal verb
1 to get a better job in a company, or change to a more advanced group, higher rank, or higher level:
To move up, you'll need the right training.
Share prices moved up this month.
move up to
The 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), getting experience of command.
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.
2 especially British English to change position in order to make more space for other people or things or be near someone else:
There's room for one more if everyone moves up a bit.

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