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noun movement pronunciation in British English /ˈmuːvmənt/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a group of people who share the same aim and work together to achieve it
    the peace movement
    There have been several movements for reform over the last century.
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a change in the position of your body, or a particular way of moving your body
    rhythmic movements
    The injury has restricted movement in his arm.
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] the process of moving things from one place to another
    The agreement governs the free movement of goods between countries.
  4. 4
    [countable] a change in someones attitude, opinion, or behaviour, especially over a period of time
    We have seen a growing movement towards natural medicine.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] a change that leads towards improving a situation or solving a problem
      There has been little movement in the negotiations since January.
  5. 6


    [plural] someones activities over a period of time
    Their job is to monitor the movements of suspected terrorists.
  6. 9
    [countable] medical a bowel movement


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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