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To move, or to move something towards a place - thesaurus




to move closer to someone or something

make for

to move towards a place

make towards

to go in the direction of someone or something

creep up on

to move towards someone quietly and slowly, especially because you want to surprise them



to come closer to a particular place

bear down

to move quickly towards someone in a determined and threatening way



to move forward and towards someone or something

go over

to move or travel towards someone or something

come up

to move towards someone, usually because you want to talk to them

gain on

to gradually get closer to someone or something that you are trying to catch

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to make something move near someone or something



to go close to someone in a threatening way

draw up a chair

to move your chair so that you are sitting closer to someone or something



formal to be attracted to someone and go to be with them

home in on

to aim at something and move quickly and directly to it



to move, lie, or stay close to something

lock onto

if a missile or a vehicle carrying missiles locks onto something, it finds out its position and prepares to destroy it

make your way

to start moving towards a place

move in

to move closer to a person or place, for example to arrest or attack them

move in on

to get closer to a person or place, especially to arrest or attack them

pull up a chair/stool/seat etc

to move a seat near to where someone is sitting, and sit on it

sneak up

to get very near someone before they notice you

step up

to move forwards to a place where an official event is happening

wend your way

if you wend your way somewhere, you go there

work your way

if you work your way somewhere, you travel there slowly and with difficulty



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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