Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

movement - definition and synonyms

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun     movement pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
  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

    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 someone’s 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.

      Synonyms and related words
  5. 5
    [countable/uncountable] a situation in which ships, aircraft, or soldiers move around as part of a planned military operation
    See also pincer movement
  6. 6


    [plural] someone’s activities over a period of time
  7. 7
    [countable] music one of the main parts of a long piece of classical music, especially a symphony
  8. 8
    [countable] the moving parts of a clock or watch
  9. 9
    [countable] medical a bowel movement
  • Facebook
  • Twitter


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play