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march1

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Pronunciation: /mɑːtʃ
 
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verb

[no object, usually with adverbial of direction]
1Walk in a military manner with a regular measured tread: thousands marched behind the coffin
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  • Thousands of soldiers were walking around, marching, much like in the present day military manner.
  • Volunteers from this military body now marched to Carthage and stormed the jail.
  • Tens of thousands marched with Spartacus, and a succession of Roman armies were crushed.
Synonyms
stride, walk, troop, step, pace, tread;
footslog, slog, tramp, hike, trudge;
parade, file, process, promenade
British informal yomp
1.1Walk quickly and with determination: without a word she marched from the room
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  • We were approximately sixty yards from the front door - the main entrance when a woman was coming towards - she was marching very quickly towards us.
  • I exited the elevator quickly, marching out to the crowded street.
  • She quickly turned and began marching towards her apartment building, now only a block away.
Synonyms
stalk, strut, stride, flounce, storm, stomp, sweep, swagger
1.2 [with object and adverbial of direction] Force (someone) to walk somewhere quickly: she gripped Rachel’s arm and marched her through the door
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  • He took her firmly by the arm and marched her to off toward the command deck.
  • When he was asked to hand it back, he told the victim he would only do so in return for money and marched him to a cash point machine where he was forced to withdraw money before handing it back.
  • He then marched her to a bank and forced her to withdraw 500 from her savings.
1.3Walk along public roads in an organized procession as a form of protest: unemployed workers marched from Jarrow to London they planned to march on Baton Rouge
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  • Tuesday Scotland's farmers march on Holyrood to protest against the blows which have beset their profession.
  • Conservative leader William Hague today urged sub-postmasters to march on London for a rally against the threat to their businesses.
  • The protestors originally attempted to march on the US Embassy but heavily-armed police blocked their way.
1.4(Of something abstract) proceed or advance inexorably: time marches on
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  • We all sit here, watching and trying to make sense of it all, as Time marches by inexorably…
  • Huygens' ground track marches inexorably to the east, though the descent is now getting much steeper.
  • Spillover would ensure that political elites marched inexorably towards the promotion of integration.
Synonyms
move forward, advance, progress, forge ahead, make headway, go on, continue on, roll on, develop, evolve

noun

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1An act or instance of marching: the relieving force was more than a day’s march away
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  • They aim to reach the Pole in 65 days, by which time they will have covered twice the distance trekked by Hadow in his march to the North Pole.
  • For instance, as they begin their march, the mood in the army of Shalya, one of the first to start to join the war, is one of celebration.
  • The afternoon's celebrations included a march down to the ferry launching site, the walking group led by piper Bill Jackson.
Synonyms
1.1A piece of music composed to accompany marching or with a rhythm suggestive of marching: he began to hum a funeral march
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  • In the second movement - the funeral march - musical iconography impinges on performance.
  • Funeral marches abound in Mahler, and they don't always mean literal death.
  • With their use of tone rows and dense counterpoint these pieces should dispel any ideas that Ives's music is just about jaunty marches and musical borrowings.
1.2A procession organized as a protest: a protest march
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  • He was also involved in the policing of presidential and Royal visits, marches and sectarian rioting.
  • The curtains flapping from the broken windows led to rumours of white flags and peace marches.
  • At one point, the film follows several of the tour's dancers watching a march by the AIDS activist group ACT UP.
Synonyms
parade, procession, march past, promenade, cortège;
demonstration, protest
informal demo
Indian morcha
1.3 [in singular] The steady and inevitable development or progress of something: the march of history
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  • It understands rile future not as simply a repetition of today or as the inevitable march of progress.
  • This information was celebrated by the media as the inevitable forward march of progress.
  • As the march of history progresses, however, traditions change.
Synonyms
progress, advance, progression, passage, continuance, development, evolution, headway

Origin

late Middle English: from French marcher 'to walk' (earlier 'to trample'), of uncertain origin.

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  • There are three English words march, if you include March. The march with the sense ‘to walk in a military manner’ came from French marcher ‘to walk’ in the late Middle Ages. If you march to a different tune you consciously adopt a different approach or attitude to the majority of people. The variant march to a different drummer was inspired by an observation from the 19th-century US essayist and poet Henry David Thoreau: ‘If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.’

    Another march means ‘the border or frontier of a country’, now found mainly in the geographical term the Marches, used for the area of land on the border of England and Wales, such as the counties of Shropshire and Monmouthshire. It too came from French, but is probably related to mark, from the idea of a boundary marker.

    The month is named after Mars, the Roman god of war, and was originally the first month of the Roman calendar. Weather lore from the early 17th century tells us that March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb—traditionally the weather is wild at the beginning of March, but fair and settled by the end. The name of the god Mars is also the source of martial (Late Middle English), ‘relating to fighting or war’, which entered English in the late Middle Ages. The martial arts, sports such as judo, karate, and kendo, originated in Japan, China, and Korea and first came to European attention in the late 19th century, though the general term martial arts is not recorded until 1920. See also mad

Phrases

march to (the beat of) a different tune (or drummer)

1
informal Consciously adopt a different approach or attitude to the majority of people: he has always marched to a different tune but this time his perversity may be his undoing
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  • Now Michael Deaver authors a personal portrait of the former president he says has always marched to a different drummer.
  • Admiral Rickover, Peter Drucker, and Georges Doriot always marched to a different drummer and got the acclaim of the crowd.
  • Lennon is believed to favour a return to Congress and is viewed as a moderate, but the overwhelming message from the conference of over 400 delegates was that the general secretary is marching to a different tune from his troops.

on the march

2
Marching: the army was on the march at last
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  • It is a stunning, impressive picture that captures the movement of an army on the march, as well as the brooding conditions they face almost as an active element in the conflict.
  • The pressure of that blank metal stare chilled Martel's soul, as if he were watching distant, marauding armies on the march.
  • The Kingdom of Jerusalem still hung by a thread and armies were on the march that spring.
2.1Making progress: United are on the march again
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  • Partick Thistle are joint top of the Second Division just behind Clydebank on goal difference and John Lambie is convincing friend and foe alike that the Firhill side are on the march once more.
  • This time last year, when Celtic were engaged in a heroic, though ultimately futile, Champions League campaign, O'Neill's reputation was on the march.
  • But the gospel according to Mel betrays a peculiarly unsophisticated take on the key event in the Christian tradition, and casts doubt on the idea that religion is on the march.

Words that rhyme with march

arch, larch, parch, starch

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Pronunciation: /mɑːtʃ
 
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plural noun

1 (Marches) An area of land on the border between two countries or territories, especially between England and Wales or (formerly) England and Scotland: the Welsh Marches
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  • This border region, the Marches, is a stretch of pasture-land much broken by hills, woods, and twisting rivers.
  • Upon the death of Walter de Lacy in 1241 his two granddaughters became heiresses to his lands and lordships in England, the Welsh Marches, and Ireland.
  • Educated at Shrewsbury (his father being lord president of the Council in the Marches of Wales) and at Christ Church, Oxford, he was devoted to study.
Synonyms
1.1 (the Marches) dated English name for Marche.

verb

[no object] (march with) Back to top  
(Of a country, territory, or estate) have a common frontier with: his estate marches with yours

Origin

Middle English: from Old French marche (noun), marchir (verb), of Germanic origin; related to mark1.

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  • There are three English words march, if you include March. The march with the sense ‘to walk in a military manner’ came from French marcher ‘to walk’ in the late Middle Ages. If you march to a different tune you consciously adopt a different approach or attitude to the majority of people. The variant march to a different drummer was inspired by an observation from the 19th-century US essayist and poet Henry David Thoreau: ‘If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.’

    Another march means ‘the border or frontier of a country’, now found mainly in the geographical term the Marches, used for the area of land on the border of England and Wales, such as the counties of Shropshire and Monmouthshire. It too came from French, but is probably related to mark, from the idea of a boundary marker.

    The month is named after Mars, the Roman god of war, and was originally the first month of the Roman calendar. Weather lore from the early 17th century tells us that March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb—traditionally the weather is wild at the beginning of March, but fair and settled by the end. The name of the god Mars is also the source of martial (Late Middle English), ‘relating to fighting or war’, which entered English in the late Middle Ages. The martial arts, sports such as judo, karate, and kendo, originated in Japan, China, and Korea and first came to European attention in the late 19th century, though the general term martial arts is not recorded until 1920. See also mad

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March3

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Pronunciation: /mɑːtʃ
 
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noun

The third month of the year, in the northern hemisphere usually considered the first month of spring: the work was completed in March [as modifier]: the March issue of the magazine
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  • Waiting times are to be cut to six months by March and just three months the following year.
  • I gave quite a detailed explanation of pension credit in my column in the March issue.
  • By March last year almost every city and many small towns had set up local coalitions.

Origin

Middle English: from an Old French dialect variant of marz, from Latin Martius (mensis) '(month) of Mars'.

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