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I/you/we/theymove up
he/she/itmoves up
present participlemoving up
past tensemoved up
past participlemoved up
  1. 1
    [intransitive] British to change your position to make space for someone or something

    Could everyone move up a bit, please?

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to go to a better job, higher level etc

    He’s been moved up to the position of manager.

    Interest rates are beginning to move up.

  3. 3
    move up in the world humorous to improve your social status, for example by getting a better job
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