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noun [countable] move pronunciation in British English /muːv/
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  1. 1
    something that you do in order to achieve an aim or solve a problem, often one of a series of things

    Abolishing the tax altogether would be a bold move.

    She’s going to have to plan her next move carefully.

  2. 2
    a change in the place where you live or work

    We’re considering a move to the city.

  3. 3
    a change in an activity, career, situation etc

    He reports an upward move in the stock market.

    move towards:

    The new law is a move towards equality.

    move into:

    He’s considering a move into politics.



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