movement - definition and synonyms


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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

    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.

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  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