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American English: /muv/
British English: /muːv/

Translation of move in Spanish:


  • 1 (movement) she watched their every move
    vigilaba todos sus movimientos
    one false move and I'll shoot
    un movimiento en falso y disparo
    she made a move to get up/for the door
    hizo ademán de levantarse/ir hacia la puerta
    it's time we made a move
    ya es hora de que nos vayamos or que nos pongamos en camino
    on the moveshe's always on the move
    siempre está de un lado para otro
    these animals are always on the move
    estos animales siempre se están desplazando
    the train was on the move again
    el tren se puso otra vez en marcha or movimiento
    to get a move on [colloquial]
    apurarse (Latin America)
    get a move on!
    ¡date prisa!
    ¡muévete! [colloquial]
    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.
  • 3 3.1 (action, step) this new law is seen as a move toward …
    esta nueva ley se ve como un paso hacia …
    it was a good o wise move
    fue una buena decisión or un paso acertado
    several moves to relieve unemployment have been announced
    se han anunciado varias medidas para paliar el desempleo
    what's the next move?
    ¿cuál es el siguiente paso?
    ¿ahora qué hay que hacer?
    it's up to her to make the next move
    le toca a ella dar el siguiente paso
    to make the first move
    dar el primer paso
    don't make a move without telling me first
    no hagas nada or no des ningún paso sin decírmelo antes
    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.
    3.2 (in profession, occupation) her next move took her to India
    su siguiente puesto la llevó a la India
    an ideal move for a young executive
    el paso más indicado para un joven ejecutivo
    the company's move into electronics
    la entrada de la compañía en el campo de la electrónica

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (to change place) why don't you move nearer the fire?
    ¿por qué no te acercas or te arrimas al fuego?
    let's move into the shade
    pongámonos a la sombra
    we could move to another table
    podríamos cambiarnos de mesa
    I want to set the table: you'll have to move
    quiero poner la mesa: tendrás que levantarte or cambiarte de lugar
    you can move into his room while he's away
    puedes cambiarte a su habitación mientras no está
    government troops have moved into the area
    tropas del gobierno se han desplazado or se han trasladado a la zona
    to move to a new job/school
    cambiar de trabajo/colegio
    1.2 (to change one's address, residence)
    when are you moving into your new house?
    ¿cuándo te mudas or te cambias a la casa nueva?
    I have to move out of here by Friday
    tengo que mudarme de aquí antes del viernes
    we'd like to move out of o away from London
    nos gustaría irnos de Londres
    nos gustaría mudarnos or cambiarnos fuera de Londres
    see alsomove in, → move out
    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.
  • 2 (to change one's position)
    don't move!
    ¡no te muevas!
    no one dared move
    nadie se atrevió a moverse
    I've eaten so much I can't move
    he comido tanto que no puedo ni moverme
    he moved onto his side
    se puso de lado
    don't you move, I'll answer the door
    tú tranquilo, que voy yo a abrir la puerta
    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.
  • 3 (to proceed, to go) the procession/vehicle began to move
    la procesión/el vehículo se puso en marcha
    she fell from a moving bus
    se cayó de un autobús en marcha
    the crane moves on rails
    la grúa se mueve sobre rieles
    get moving!
    ¡muévete! [colloquial]
    the police kept the crowds moving
    la policía hacía circular a la multitud
    it's time we were moving
    es hora de que nos pongamos en camino
    the trucks are moving northward
    los camiones avanzan hacia el norte
    the earth moves around the sun
    la Tierra gira alrededor del Sol
    we moved aside o to one side
    nos apartamos
    nos hicimos a un lado
    she moved cautiously toward the door
    se acercó cautelosamente a la puerta
  • 4 (to advance, to develop) she was the one who got things moving
    ella fue quien lo puso todo en marcha
    things seem to be moving
    parece que las cosas marchan
    events moved rapidly
    los acontecimientos se desarrollaron rápidamente
    you have to move with the times, granny
    hay que mantenerse al día, abuelita
    a fast-moving adventure story
    una historia de aventuras de ritmo muy ágil
    the conflict has moved into a new phase
    el conflicto ha entrado en una nueva fase
    the conversation had moved to a different topic
    la conversación había derivado a otro tema
    to move into the lead/into second place
    pasar a ocupar el primer/segundo lugar
    the Socialists have moved ahead in the opinion polls
    los socialistas han tomado la delantera según los sondeos
    she has moved swiftly up the executive ladder
    ha ascendido rápidamente en el escalafón ejecutivo
    media attention has moved back to domestic issues
    los medios de comunicación han vuelto a centrar su atención en los asuntos internos
    I'm moving toward the view that …
    cada vez me convenzo más de que …
    the company plans to move into the hotel business
    la compañía tiene planes de introducirse en el ramo hotelero
  • 5 (to carry oneself)
    she moves beautifully
    se mueve con mucha gracia or con mucho garbo
  • 6 (to go fast) [colloquial] just watch those bikes move!
    ¡mira cómo corren esas motos!
    you'll have to move if you want to be there on time
    te vas a tener que mover si quieres llegar a tiempo [colloquial]
    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.
  • 7 (to take steps, to act) we must move now
    tenemos que actuar ahora
    she moved quickly to scotch rumors
    inmediatamente tomó medidas para acallar los rumores
    they are waiting for us to move first
    están esperando que nosotros demos el primer paso
  • 8 (Games) (in chess, checkers) is it my turn to move?
    ¿me toca (mover or jugar) a mí?
    the bishop moves diagonally
    el alfil se mueve en diagonal
    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.
  • 9 (to circulate socially)
    to move in literary/influential circles
    moverse en círculos literarios/influyentes
    he moves in high society
    alterna en or se codea con la alta sociedad
    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.
  • 10 (to propose) [formal]to move for something
    proponer algo
    she moved for an adjournment
    propuso un aplazamiento
    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.

transitive verb

  • 1 (to alter the position of) let's move the sofa over there
    pongamos el sofá allí
    why have you moved the television?
    ¿por qué has cambiado la televisión de sitio or de lugar?
    could you move your car, please?
    ¿me haría el favor de quitar el coche de allí or de correr un poco el coche?
    move your chair a little
    corre un poco la silla
    ask him to move the boxes out of the way
    dile que quite las cajas de en medio
    we could move the tables together
    podríamos juntar las mesas
    don't move anything before the police arrive
    no toquen nada hasta que llegue la policía
    move yourself [colloquial]
    quítate de en medio
    we shall not be moved!
    ¡no nos moverán!
    move your head! I can't see!
    ¡aparta la cabeza or quita la cabeza de ahí, que no me dejas ver!
    I can't move my leg/neck
    no puedo mover la pierna/el cuello
    she moved her finger across the page
    pasó el dedo por la página
  • 2 2.1 (to transport)
    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.
    2.2 (to relocate, to transfer) she was moved to head office
    la trasladaron a la oficina central
    he was too ill to be moved
    estaba demasiado enfermo para trasladarlo
    I'll move this paragraph further down
    pondré este párrafo más abajo
    move the decimal point one place to the right
    corre la coma or (Colombia) (Mexico) el punto un lugar a la derecha
    2.3 (to change the location of) the firm that moved us
    la compañía que nos hizo la mudanza
    we moved offices
    nos mudamos or cambiamos de oficina
    to move house (British English)
    mudarse or cambiarse de casa
    she's moved jobs (British English)
    ha cambiado de trabajo
  • 3 3.1 (to touch emotionally) she was visibly moved
    estaba obviamente conmovida or emocionada
    he's easily moved
    es muy sensible
    to move somebody to tears
    hacer llorar a alguien de la emoción
    I was deeply moved by what I saw
    lo que vi me conmovió profundamente
    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.
    3.2 (to prompt somebody to do)to move somebody to + infinitivethis moved her to remonstrate
    esto la indujo a protestar
    he was moved to express his indignation
    se sintió impulsado a expresar su indignación
    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.
  • 4 (in debating) (amendment/motion) I move that a vote be taken
    propongo que se someta a votación
  • 5 (Games)
  • 6 (to sell)
    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.
  • 7 (Medicine) [formal]to move one's bowels
    mover el vientre or el intestino [formal]

Phrasal verbs

move about

(British English)
move around

move along

1verb + adverb 1.1 (go further along)
move along, so I can sit down too
córrete or arrímate para que pueda sentarme yo también
1.2 (disperse) move along, please, there's nothing to see
circulen, por favor, no hay nada que ver
1.3 (leave) [colloquial]
marcharse (esp Spain)
I'll be moving along now
ya me voy
1.4 (make progress)
2verb + object + adverb
hacer circular
the police moved us along
la policía nos hizo circular

move apart

verb + adverb
we've moved apart since she got married
nos hemos distanciado desde que se casó

move around

(British English also) move about
1verb + adverb 1.1 (walk) there's someone moving around downstairs
anda alguien abajo
1.2 (change residence)
cambiarse (a menudo)
(change job) cambiar de trabajo (a menudo)
2verb + object + adverb
cambiar de sitio or de lugar

move away

verb + adverb
1 (move house)
mudarse (de la ciudad, el barrio etc)
2move off

move back

1verb + adverbthey moved back here in 1979
volvieron a vivir aquí en 1979
they moved back to let him pass
retrocedieron para dejarlo pasar
2verb + object + adverbmove the microphone back a bit
coloca el micrófono un poco más atrás
she's moved the date of the meeting back again
ha vuelto a aplazar la fecha de la reunión

move down

1verb + adverbthis song has moved down five places
esta canción ha bajado cinco puestos
move right down inside, please! (British English) (Transport)
¡córranse al fondo, por favor!
to move down into second gear (British English)
cambiar a segunda
2verb + object + adverb

move forward

1verb + adverbI moved forward to get a better view
me puse más adelante para ver mejor
the date has moved forward to July
han adelantado la fecha a julio
2verb + object + adverb
hacer avanzar

move in

1verb + adverb 1.1 (set up home)
cambiarse (a una casa, local etc)
we moved in last week
nos mudamos or nos cambiamos la semana pasada
to move in with somebody
irse a vivir con alguien
1.2 (draw closer)
1.3 (go into action)
the referee moved in to separate the boxers
el árbitro intervino para separar a los boxeadores
they moved in at dawn (Military)
atacaron al amanecer
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (put in place)
(tenant) (British English)
2.2 (transport) 2.3 (put on duty)

move in on

verb + adverb + preposition + object
1 (advance upon)
avanzar sobre
2 (encroach upon)

move off

verb + adverb
ponerse en marcha

move on

1verb + adverb 1.1 (walk further) 1.2move along 1 3 1.3 (continue journey)
seguir viaje
1.4 (proceed) time is moving on
el tiempo pasa
shall we move on?
¿pasamos al punto siguiente?
he's moved on to higher things
ha pasado a hacer cosas más importantes
the committee moved on to discuss finance
la comisión pasó a discutir la financiación
1.5 (progress)
2verb + object + adverb (cause to disperse)
hacer circular

move out

1verb + adverb (leave accommodation)
cambiarse (de una casa, local etc)
we're waiting for the tenants to move out
estamos esperando a que se vayan or se muden los inquilinos
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (remove from accommodation)
2.2 (withdraw)

move over

verb + adverb
(make room)
move over, so I can get in
córrete para que quepa yo también

move up

1verb + adverb 1.1 (progress) they've moved up in the world
han prosperado mucho
this song has moved up five places
esta canción ha subido cinco puestos
I moved up into third gear (British English)
cambié a tercera
1.2 (rise)
2verb + object + adverb
they moved him up a class
lo pusieron en la clase inmediatamente superior
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