- 1 [no object, usually with adverbial of direction] Go in a specified direction or manner; change position: she moved to the door I heard him moving about upstairsMore example sentences
- I could hear my brother moving around upstairs and I knew that he was getting ready for work.
- She shoved her into the front row before moving to stand in the doorway of the gazebo.
- She stood, and moved to the door, turning the lock with a echoing metallic sound.
- 1.1 [with object] Change the place, position, or state of: she moved the tray to a side table can you move your car so I can get mine out?More example sentences
- Officers said they could not move the car as it was not in a dangerous position, so they handed the matter over to the Borough Council.
- Orchestral sections were moved from one position to another in a search for perfect sound relationships.
- He said these traffic lights were badly positioned and should be moved to a more suitable place.
- 1.2Change one’s place of residence or work: his family moved to London when he was a child [with object]: they moved house four days after the baby was bornMore example sentences
- The family had only moved to the house on Whitworth Road four months ago.
- His family had moved from a smaller house a few miles away right before he entered seventh grade.
- Born in Essex to a colonel's family, she moved frequently during her childhood.
- 1.3(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 pawnMore example sentences
- Once this is filled up players move their pieces creating larger and larger stacks.
- When all pieces have been placed on the board, the players move the pieces around one intersection at a time.
- Players move from space to space on a board in the shape of Madagascar which is coloured in the white, red and green of the national flag.
- 1.4 • informal Depart; start off: let’s move—it’s time we started shoppingMore example sentences
- ‘Let's move,’ Chris whispered to me.
- Okay... gotta move! See you all later!
- He said that we'd better move if we were going to make it home by dark.
- 1.6 • informal Go quickly: Kennings was really moving when he made contact with a tyre at the hairpin and flipped overMore example sentences
- The wind was really moving at this point.
- The ball was really moving when it reached him.
- They might look blubbery and slow, but they can move when they have to.
- 1.7(With reference to merchandise) sell or be sold: [with object]: booksellers should easily be able to move this biography of LincolnMore example sentences
- These copies are moving fast and will be sold out in a matter of days.
- I've seen some shell shocked illustrators at shows lately, completely unable to understand why their prints aren't moving in quantity.
- 2 [no object] Make progress; develop in a particular manner or direction: aircraft design had moved forward a long way councillors are anxious to get things moving as soon as possibleMore example sentences
- He wants a council analysis of traffic through his village before the massive new development moves forward.
- If Blackburn is to move forward, quality development of this nature is required.
- We have got a huge squad and the competition is rife, but you need that for the club to progress and move forward.
- 2.1Change from one state, opinion, or activity to another: the school moved over to the new course in 1987 [with object]: she deftly moved the conversation to safer territoryMore example sentences
- This quality threshold is likely to be raised as the organisation moves into the private sector.
- It is a measure of how far to the right official opinion has moved.
- We moved reluctantly toward the opinion that Labor was, at least arguably, the best option available.
- 2.2 (move in/within) Spend one’s time in (a particular sphere) or among (a particular group of people): she moved in the pop and art worldsMore example sentences
- He was a master at moving within and among very different worlds.
- We moved within the same social circles and were members of the same clubs.
- Democritus was an ancient Greek philosopher who moved in the same circles as Socrates.
- 3 [with object and infinitive] Influence or prompt (someone) to do something: his deep love of music moved him to take lessons with Dr HillMore example sentences
- I am not moved to love you, Lord, to gain the heaven you have promised in return.
- This is what draws him to us and moves him to love us.
- It might be a rose, an animal, or a child that moves me to paint.
- 3.1 [no object] Take action: hardliners may yet move against him, but their success might be limitedMore example sentences
- He could be ousted from the Tory leadership within days as MPs finally prepare to move against him.
- The Labour Party has not taken any steps to move against its leader.
- If you are found guilty of such an offence perhaps the government will move against you.
- 3.2 [with object] Arouse a strong feeling, especially of sorrow or sympathy, in (someone): she felt deeply moved by this picture of his plightMore example sentences
- Many of the crowd were moved to tears during the two-minute silence, while veterans lowered standards to the ground.
- Her husband Jack was moved to tears as onlookers watched him unveil the plaque and lay her ashes to rest.
- I am deeply moved by reading this story and my deepest sympathy goes out to the person who wrote it.
- 3.3 [with object] • archaic Stir up (an emotion) in someone: he justly moves one’s derisionMore example sentences
- All the prejudices, all the exaggerations of both the great parties in the state, moved his scorn.
- It raises the ill humour of mankind, excites the keener spirits, moves indignation in beholders and sows the very seeds of schism in men's bosoms.
- That poor child moved my compassion deeply.
- 4 [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 government’s economic policiesMore example sentences
- The Government also intends to move a number of technical amendments at the Committee stage.
- The resolution was moved by the United States and supported unanimously by the Security Council.
- Our union, in 1899, moved a resolution from the Doncaster branch, calling for the Labour Party to be set up.
- 4.1 • archaic Apply formally to (a court or assembly) for something: his family moved the Special Court for adequate ‘maintenance expenses’ to run the householdMore example sentences
- Did you move the court to change its declaration, to bring its declaration into line with its reasons?
- The family moved court for a copy of the will so that it could move court for its legality.
- The latest ruling effectively means that his only remaining option in the matter is to move a civil court to seek damages.
- 5 [with object] Empty (the bowels): if you haven’t moved your bowels today you’d better do it nowMore example sentences
- Toddlers in nappies are accustomed to urinating and moving their bowels whenever they feel the urge to do so.
- I hadn't eaten or moved my bowels for a week and a half, so I decided to go and see my GP.
- At that time, she was eating a solid diabetic diet, moving her bowels, and ambulating.
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- 1A change of place, position, or state: she made a sudden move towards me the country’s move to independence a career moveMore example sentences
- Eventually the object made a sudden move, jerked across the highway and came to a stop.
- They try hard not to make any sudden moves as they draw their weapons out.
- James held the shotgun in a death grip, his finger on the trigger, ready to blow Steve away if he made any sudden moves.
- 1.1A change of house or business premises: Annie mourned her move from the noisy, crowded town to the peace of the countryside the need for more space led to the move to the present officesMore example sentences
- Just as remarkable is the story of the manuscript's survival through the decades, including three years on the run from the Gestapo, several house moves and even a flood.
- The service ranges from sourcing reliable cleaners, gardeners or plumbers to helping with house moves or booking a holiday.
- I assumed it had gone missing during his various house moves and I just forgot about it.
- 1.2An act that initiates or advances a process or plan: my next move is to talk to MatthewMore example sentences
- If the holder of the office is very proactive and indeed imaginative he or she can initiate moves to further the cause of Sligo.
- I was already initiating moves to get myself onto a site much closer to home, back in Liverpool.
- Significant moves are planned to get more tourists into this country by air and sea.
- 1.3A manoeuvre in a sport or game: Robson began a move which saw Webb run from the halfway line down the rightMore example sentences
- In probably the best move of the game, Moseley scored the important try.
- Smith says much of his success throughout his career came from studying tapes of Rice and incorporating Rice's moves into his game.
- He has incorporated more and more ridiculous moves into his game each year.
- 1.4A player’s turn to change the position of a piece in a board game: in this position Karpov had to seal his 41st move I am a pawn and bishop down after 12 movesMore example sentences
- Ray watched as they moved piece by piece, some moves taking longer to consider than others.
- He's like a chess player, looking two moves ahead.
- The left- and right-hand numbers tell us the number of moves remaining after either player's next turn.
get a move on
- [often in imperative] • informal Hurry up: get a move on or you’ll be lateMore example sentences
hurry up, speed up, move faster• informal get cracking, get moving, make it snappy, step on it, step on the gas, shake a leg, rattle one's dagsNorth American • informal get a wiggle onSouth African • informal put foot• dated make haste
- ‘Hurry and eat quickly so we can get a move on,’ she said.
- Some people will miss out on tens of thousands of pounds if they don't get a move on.
- If necessary, this form can be submitted with your tax payment, but in any event, you need to get a move on.
- [often in imperative] • informal Make a prompt start on a journey or task: you’re here to work, so get movingMore example sentences
- They offered me a free drink but as I explained I was now in a hurry and needed to get moving.
- ‘I'm looking forward to getting moving on this,’ Ford told the Sunday Herald last night.
- Hopefully, if everybody gets moving, maybe by September there'll be some improvement.
make a move
- Take action: each army was waiting for the other side to make a moveMore example sentences
- The prime minister is not sufficiently restored in authority that he can risk making a move against his still formidable Chancellor.
- Last week the Minister made a move to try and solve the hill walking issue.
- Meanwhile, the Toyota Formula 1 team is making a move to lure the highly-rated technical director away from Renault.
- British Set off; leave somewhere: I think I’d better be making a moveMore example sentences
- Thanks for the party boys, but it's time to make a move.
- I had to insist that it was time to make a move.
- We had an 11-hour bus ride and I was in for a long week if I did not make a move.
make a move on (or put the moves on)
- • informal Make a proposition to (someone), especially of a sexual nature: the scheme will probably be used as an excuse by male staff to make a move on unsuspecting young ladiesMore example sentences
- I started thinking about this guy, a waiter at a sushi bar, that I didn't make a move on, and thinking that night that I should have asked him out.
- Vain, shallow Sally puts the moves on Patrick the moment he becomes single.
- One night at a club I watched him put the moves on a gorgeous young woman who he had met earlier.
move the goalposts
- see goalpost.
move heaven and earth
- see heaven.
- see mountain.
move up a gear
- see gear.
move with the times
- Keep abreast of current thinking or developments: resorts need to move with the times by providing clean beaches and modernized hotelsMore example sentences
- In order to retain its vigour modern football must move with the times, keep in tune with what current fans want and consider strategies that will attract new fans.
- Whatever sport or business you are in, it's important to keep moving with the times.
- It is a juggling act trying to keep the long-term clientele happy by offering personal service and quality brands, while moving with the times and attracting new customers.
not move a muscle
- see muscle.
on the move
- In the process of moving from one place or job to another: it’s difficult to contact her because she’s always on the moveMore example sentences
- He had to be always on the move and travelling in India in those days was quite hazardous and time consuming.
- The entire troupe is always on the move, travelling to nearly a dozen cities or towns every year.
- People are always on the move now - family members take a year out and travel.
- Making progress: the economy appeared to be on the moveMore example sentences
- After years of stagnation, the economy seems to be on the move, albeit very, very slowly.
- So back to square one, how do we get this economy on the move?
- I had a decent paying job with my own corner office. I was on the move upwards.
- 1Take possession of a new house: when I first moved in I painted everything magnoliaMore example sentences
- Me and my man bought our house in April and moved in 7 weeks later.
- Have you ever given much thought to the people who've lived in your house before you moved in and made it your own?
- He hasn't been to the new house since we moved in back in June.
- 1.1 (move in with) Start to share accommodation with (an existing resident): Victoria moved in with her new boyfriendMore example sentences
- Other evicted residents have moved in with neighbours or with relatives.
- I had no idea who I was moving in with until the start of shooting.
- You are fortunate enough to have someone to move in with who loves you and can provide shelter.
- 2Intervene, especially so as to attack or take control: this riot could have been avoided had the police moved in earlierMore example sentences
- With smoke billowing from the vehicle, the police moved in.
- The riot police moved in and struck quick, hard blows with their batons, mainly at people's calf areas.
- Police and ambulances moved in and the hostage was quickly ushered away.
move in on
- Approach, especially so as to take action: the police moved in on himMore example sentences
- You can see police just moving in on the hostage-taker.
- Last week police moved in on the tiger farm, ranked among the biggest in the world.
- Riot police move in on the protesters.
- 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 bankruptMore example sentences
- Cab drivers at Manchester Airport are threatening legal action after a rival firm moved in on Terminal 3 and bypassed local authority licence control by setting up like a bus company.
- When David inevitably piles up a debt he can't pay, Tony moves in on his business, sucking it dry and draining his son's college fund.
- The rebels then moved in on this boarding school for war orphans, kidnapping 51 boys and nine girls along with two adults.
move on (or move someone on)
- 1Go or cause to leave somewhere: the Mounties briskly ordered them to move onMore example sentences
- The private landowner needs to obtain a court order to move them on from his or her land.
- A short time later police again had to speak to the youths in the post office carpark where they were skating around parked cars and again they were moved on.
- Some thought they were treated badly when they were moved on or told off for congregating in groups.
- 2 (move on) Progress: British cinema has moved on in the last decadeMore example sentences
- Clients can expand or move on when it is right for their business to do so.
- We must look to history and learn the lessons from the past for us to move on and grow as a community.
- She agreed that he appeared to have moved on and to have improved at school since she had met him.
move over (or aside)
- Adjust one’s position to make room for someone else: Jo motioned to the girls on the couch to move overMore example sentences
- ‘Come over here, sweetheart,’ he said moving over to make room for her.
- I looked up at Eric's smiling face and moved over, making room for him on my bed.
- There was a slight pause, then he glanced at her and moved over to make room.
- Relinquish a job or leading position through being superseded by someone or something else: it’s time for the film establishment to move over and make way for a new generationMore example sentences
- People very often don't get what they deserve and he will now either move aside or be pushed aside.
- Bo Outlaw, who started at small forward last season, is moving over to make room for Grant Hill.
- We will soon all be doctors; you better move over and make room for us.
Middle English: from Old French moveir, from Latin movere.