1 [no object] go in a specified direction or manner; change position:she stood up and moved to the doorhe let his eyes move across the rows of faces
[with object] change the place or position of:she moved the tray to a side table
change one’s place of residence or work:his family moved to London when he was a child
(of a player) change the position of a piece in a board game:White has forced his opponent to move [with object]:if Black moves his bishop, he loses a pawn
2change or cause to change from one state, opinion, sphere, or activity to another: [no object]:the school moved over to the new course in 1987 [with object]:she deftly moved the conversation to safer territory
[with object] influence or prompt (someone) to do something:his deep love of music moved him to take lessons with Dr. Hill
[no object] take action:hard-liners may yet move against him, but their success might be limited
[with object] provoke a strong feeling, especially of sorrow or sympathy, in:he was moved to tears by a get-well message from the president
[with object] archaic stir up (an emotion) in someone:he justly moves one’s derision
3 [no object] make progress; develop in a particular manner or direction:aircraft design had moved forward a long waylegislators are anxious to get things moving as soon as possible
informal depart; start off:let’s move—it’s time we started shopping
[in imperative] (move it) informal used to urge or command someone to hurry up:come on—move it!
informal go quickly:Kenny was really moving when he made contact with a tire at the hairpin and flipped over
(with reference to merchandise) sell or be sold: [no object]:despite the high prices, goods are moving [with object]:She moves more pickups than her male counterparts.
4 [no object] (move in/within) spend one’s time or be socially active in (a particular sphere) or among (a particular group of people):they moved in different circles of friends
5 [with object] propose for discussion and resolution at a meeting or legislative assembly:she intends to move an amendment to the bill [with clause]:I beg to move that this House deplores the current economic policies
make a formal request or application to (a court or assembly) for something:his family moved the court for adequate “maintenance expenses” to run the household
6 [with object] empty (one’s bowels).
a change of place, position, or state:she made a sudden move toward mehis eyes followed her every movethe country’s move to independencea career move
a change of house or business premises.
an action that initiates or advances a process or plan:my next move is to talk to Matthew
a maneuver in a sport or game.
a change of position of a piece in a board game:that move will put your king in check
a player’s turn to make a change of position:it’s your move
get a move on
[often in imperative] informal hurry up.
[often in imperative] informal make a prompt start (on a journey or an undertaking):you’re here to work, so get moving
make a move
take action:each army was waiting for the other side to make a move
British set off; leave somewhere:I think I’d better be making a move
make a move on (or put the moves on)
informal make a proposition to (someone), especially of a sexual nature.
in the process of moving from one place or job to another:it’s difficult to contact her because she’s always on the move
making progress:the economy appeared to be on the move
[often in imperative] change to a new position, especially to avoid causing an obstruction:“Move along, move along,” said the cop
1take possession of a new house or business premises.
(move in with) start to share accommodations with (an existing resident).
2intervene, especially so as to take control of a situation:this riot could have been avoided had the police moved in earlier
move in on
approach, especially so as to take action:the police moved in on him
become involved with so as to take control of or put pressure on:the bank did not usually move in on doubtful institutions until they were almost bankrupt
move on (or move someone on)
go or cause to leave somewhere, especially because one is causing an obstruction:the Mounties briskly ordered them to move on
(move on) progress:ballet has moved on, leaving Russia behind
move out (or move someone out)
leave or cause to leave one’s place of residence or work.
move over (or aside)
adjust one’s position to make room for someone else:Jo motioned to the girls on the couch to move over
relinquish a job or leading position, typically because of being superseded by someone or something more competent or important:it’s time for the film establishment to move aside and make way for a new generation
adjust one’s position, either to be nearer or make room for someone else:there’d be room for me if you’d just move up a bit
Middle English: from Old French moveir, from Latin movere