Dictionary and Thesaurus

  Definition of Move
  1. the act of deciding to do something; "he didn''t make a move to help"; "his first move was to hire a lawyer"
  2. (game) a player''s turn to move a piece or take some other permitted action
  3. the act of changing your residence or place of business; "they say that three moves equal one fire"
  4. the act of changing location from one place to another; "police controlled the motion of the crowd"; "the movement of people from the farms to the cities"; "his move put him directly in my path"
  5. a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
  6. be in a state of action; "she is always moving"
  7. go or proceed from one point to another; "the debate moved from family values to the economy"
  8. progress by being changed; "The speech has to go through several more drafts"; "run through your presentation before the meeting"
  9. propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting
  10. have a turn; make one''s move in a game; "Can I go now?"
  11. give an incentive for action; "This moved me to sacrifice my career"
  12. have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
  13. arouse sympathy or compassion in; "Her fate moved us all"
  14. move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
  15. change location; move, travel, or proceed; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before ni
  16. cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I''m moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
  17. change residence, affiliation, or place of employment; "We moved from Idaho to Nebraska"; "The basketball player moved from one team to another"
  18. dispose of by selling; "The chairman of the company told the salesmen to move the computers"
  19. perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
  20. follow a procedure or take a course; "We should go farther in this matter"; "She went through a lot of trouble"; "go about the world in a certain manner"; "Messages must go through diplomatic channels"
  21. live one''s life in a specified environment; "she moves in certain circles only"
Similar Words: relocation, motion, movement, motility, be active, go, run, make a motion, motivate, actuate, propel, prompt, incite, affect, impress, strike, travel, locomote, displace, act, proceed


See Also: move over, give way, give, ease up, yield, advance, progress, pass on, move on, march on, go on, move out, withdraw, retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, retire, move back, climb, climb up, mount, go up, elapse, lapse, pass, slip by, glide by, slip away, go by, slide by, go along, abscond, bolt, absquatulate, decamp, run off, go off, go out, travel by, pass by, surpass, go past, rise, lift, arise, move up, come up, uprise, sink, settle, go down, go under, set, descend, fall, come down, continue, carry on, proceed, go around, spread, circulate, pursue, follow up on, act on, act up, influence, act upon, work


Hyponyms: demarche, maneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre, chess move, flit, approach, approaching, coming, progress, progression, procession, advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion, locomotion, travel, lurch, lunge, traveling, travelling, pursuit, chase, following, rise, ascent, ascension, ascending, descent, swing, swinging, vacillation, return, slide, glide, coast, slippage, flow, stream, crawl, speed, speeding, hurrying, translation, displacement, shift, shifting, haste, hurry, rush, rushing, play, migration, abduction, adduction, agitation, body English, circumduction, disturbance, fetal movement, foetal movement, dart, gesture, headshake, headshaking, inclination, inclining, inversion, eversion, everting, upending, jerk, jerking, jolt, kick, kicking, kneel, kneeling, pitch, pitching, nystagmus, opening, prostration, reach, reaching, stretch, reciprocation, reclining, retraction, retroflection, retroflexion, rotation, rotary motion, shutting, closing, sitting, posing, snap, squat, squatting, sweep, toss, vibration, quiver, quivering, wave, waver, flutter, flicker, standing, straddle, span, stroke, wiggle, wriggle, squirm, eurythmy, eurhythmy, eurythmics, eurhythmics, bestir, rouse, step, scroll, sink, pass, lapse, bluff, bluff out, stalemate, castle, serve, open, draw, cast, trump, ruff, manoeuver, operate, check, infect, surprise, impress, ingrain, instill, awaken, engrave, strike dumb, zap, jar, hit home, strike home, strike a chord, strike a note, smite, cloud, pierce, sweep away, sweep off, disturb, upset, trouble, touch, stir, sadden, move involuntarily, move reflexively, quicken, stretch out, click, flick, flex, bend, spread, propagate, reach out, putter, potter, potter around, putter around, dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe, drop back, hit the dirt, hit the deck, gravitate, fly, move over, give way, give, ease up, yield, cut to, duck, bob, wallow, welter, writhe, wrestle, worm, twist, wobble, coggle, sidle, sashay, sail, brush, wamble, waggle, chop, reciprocate, move back and forth, nod, pulsate, beat, pound, thump, teeter, seesaw, totter, buck, hitch, cant, cant over, tilt, slant, careen, churn, boil, moil, roil, steal, slip, shake, agitate, vibrate, twitch, flip, budge, arouse, stumble, trip, falter, roll, undulate, flap, mill, mill about, mill around, turn, startle, jump, start, mope, mope around, hop on, mount, mount up, get on, jump on, climb on, bestride, climb, leap, bound, spring, bolt, get down, assume, take, strike, take up, displace, exit, go out, get out, leave, separate, part, split, diverge, list, lean, whirl, tumble, whirl around, close, come together, bustle, bustle about, hustle, fidget, linger, dawdle, flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail, hurl, hurtle, thrust, swoop, flux, run, feed, course, flurry, streak, heave, crash, thunder, fling, hop, dodge, throw, make way, grab, cut, go around, circulate, carry, ease, whish, float, swap, seek, whine, ride, come, ghost, betake oneself, pass over, overfly, wend, do, raft, get around, get about, repair, resort, cruise, journey, come up, round, trundle, push, travel purposefully, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond, walk, take the air, weave, wind, thread, meander, forge, spurt, spirt, creep, scramble, slither, wheel, bounce, jounce, breeze, be adrift, blow, swim, move around, circle, slice into, slice through, err, drive, motor, automobile, ski, wing, steam, taxi, ferry, sit, prance, lift, arise, move up, go up, uprise, ascend, descend, fall, go down, come down, zigzag, crank, follow, travel along, pass on, move on, march on, go on, withdraw, retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, retire, move back, retrograde, proceed, go forward, continue, back, pan, precede, lead, pursue, go back, get back, come back, derail, flock, accompany, billow, angle, go through, go across, travel by, pass by, surpass, go past, go by, travel rapidly, zip, zoom, hotfoot, hasten, hie, race, pelt along, rush along, cannonball along, bucket along, belt along, trail, shack, shuttle, hiss, whoosh, whisk, career, circuit, lance, outflank, transfer, change, swash, pace, tread, whistle, island hop, plow, plough, sift, drag, bang, precess, snowshoe, beetle, mobilize, mobilise, relocate, dislocate, luxate, splay, translate, station, post, base, send, place, vex, commove, shake up, stir up, raise up, transmit, transport, channel, channelize, channelise, funnel, brandish, flourish, pull, force, tug, disarrange, expel, eject, chuck out, exclude, throw out, kick out, turf out, boot out, turn out, put, set, pose, position, lay, engage, mesh, lock, propel, impel, launch, set in motion, wrap, twine, unwind, wind off, unroll, wedge, squeeze, work, spill, shed, disgorge, slop, splatter, unseat, disunite, divide, uproot, extirpate, deracinate, root out, press down, depress, ruffle, riffle, take back, center, centre, pump, scan, bump around, dandle, revolve, rock, sway, fluctuate, pulse, dislodge, reposition, overturn, tip over, turn over, knock over, bowl over, tump over, ship, direct, saltate, lower, take down, let down, bring down, raise, elevate, get up, bring up, drop, bring forward, chase away, drive out, turn back, drive away, dispel, drive off, run off, force out, herd, crowd, pass around, distribute, rout out, pour, exteriorize, bring outside, upstage, singsong, wash, rake, lateralize, hit, change hands, move in, move out, evacuate, migrate, transmigrate, alternate, take turns, finish up, land up, fetch up, end up, wind up, finish, look sharp, festinate, interrupt, react, respond, go ahead, plow ahead, attack, aggress, create, come to the fore, step forward, come forward, step up, step to the fore, come out, reward, repay, pay back, satisfice, staisfise, dispatch, evade, use, play it by ear, deal, partner, exert, egotrip, go, come close, perform, make bold, dare, presume, prosecute, act on, interact, oppose, take time by the forelock, coact, volunteer, offer, get around to, dally, toy, flirt, set about, go about, participate, take part, misbehave, misconduct, misdemean, condescend, stoop, lower oneself, behave, acquit, bear, deport, conduct, comport, try, attempt, essay, assay, woo, court, romance, solicit, effect, antagonize, antagonise, counteract, anticipate, foresee, forestall, counter, perpetrate, commit, rampage, cope, get by, make out, make do, contend, grapple, manage, deign, take care, lord it over, queen it over, put on airs, act superior, stampede, make a point, make sure, repeat, take over, sneak, guard, begin, go off half-cocked, go off at half-cock, wait, hold off, hold back, go along, keep, do well, had best, persist in, venture, embark, steamroller, steamroll


Grouped Verbs: go, make a motion, affect, impress, strike, hit, come to, motivate, actuate, propel, prompt, incite, displace, travel, locomote


Entailments: play


Derivational Morphology: act, be active, go, relocate, displace, travel, locomote, motion, proposer, mover, test, trial, run, spell, tour, turn, provocation, incitement, incitation, propulsion, actuation, human action, human activity, motivation, motivating, motive, need, incentive, inducement, motivator, affect, movement, motility, locomotion, motive power, motivity, change of location, traveler, traveller, public mover, moving company, removal firm, removal company, relocation, action, activity, activeness, procedure, process, proceeding, legal proceeding, proceedings


Language Translations:
Catalan: moure's   Chinese:  
Danish: bevæge sig and flytte and trække   Dutch: bewegen and verhuizen and zetten  
Estonian: käima   Finnish: liikkua and muuttaa and siirtää  
French: bouger and déménager and se mouvoir   German: bewegen and sich bewegen and umziehen  
Hebrew: הזיז and זז   Hungarian: költözködik and mozgat and mozog  
Icelandic: færa and flytja   Ido: des-plas-izar  
Italian: muovere and muoversi and trasferirsi   Japanese: 動かす and 動く and 引っ越す  
Korean: 움직이다 and 이동시키다 and 이사하다   Polish: przeprowadzać się and ruszać się  
Portuguese: mover   Romanian: mişca and muta  
Russian: двигать   Spanish: mover and moverse and mudar  
Swedish: flytta and flytta sig  
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