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verb move pronunciation in British English /muːv/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlemoving
past tensemoved
past participlemoved
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to change position, or to make someone or something change position
    Could you help me move the bookcase away from the wall?
    The traffic was barely moving.
    The boat was now moving swiftly over the water.
    It was so hot that I didn’t feel like moving.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to go to a different place
      She moved quickly towards the door.
      move around (=to go from one place to another): We’ll be moving around a lot, and you may be unable to reach us.
    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] to change the position of objects that you use for playing games on boards
      I think you’ll find you only moved three places instead of four.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to progress or develop in a particular way
    Management is moving in a new direction.
    Events were moving rapidly.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to begin to live in a different house or area
    We’re moving next week.
    move to: Jill’s moved to Boston.
    move house: Moving house can be quite a stressful experience.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to begin doing something in order to achieve an aim or solve a problem
    The police moved swiftly to prevent a riot.
  5. 5
    [intransitive] to change from one subject to another in a discussion, speech, piece of writing etc
    We need to move to the next item on the agenda.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to change from one activity, interest, situation etc to another
      move towards: The country has only recently begun moving towards democracy.
      move from/to: She moved from studying law to studying medicine.
    2. b.
      [transitive] to change the time or date of an event, meeting, activity etc
      I’d like to move my appointment to 9.30.
  6. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] to persuade someone to change their opinion or decision, or to be persuaded to change yours
    He refuses to move on the salary issue.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to influence someone to do something
      It was his anger that moved him to speak up.
      After her success, she felt moved to help other people.
  7. 7
    [transitive] to affect someone emotionally, especially by making them feel sad and serious
    You can’t fail to be moved by the plight of these people.
  8. 8
    [intransitive] if you move in a particular world, circle, society etc, you spend time with people who belong to that particular group or social class
    We move in such different circles that I’m surprised we ever met.
  9. 9
    [intransitive/transitive] informal to get rid of something by selling it
    We couldn’t move the stuff even at half the price.
  10. 10
    [intransitive] informal to go or travel very fast
    We’re really moving now!
  11. 11
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a formal proposal at a meeting or in court
    I move that we adjourn.
    move for: It’s likely the other side will move for a retrial.
  12. 12
    [intransitive] mainly spoken to leave a place
    It’s time to be moving.


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