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verb     move pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlemoving
past tensemoved
past participlemoved
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to change position, or to make someone or something change position

    Could you help me move the bookcase away from the wall?

    The boat was now moving swiftly over the water.

    It was so hot that I didn’t feel like moving.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to go to a different place

      She moved quickly toward the door.

      move around (=to go from one place to another):

      We’ll be moving around a lot, and you may be unable to reach us.

    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] to change the position of objects that you use for playing games on boards

      I think you’ll find you only moved three squares instead of four.

  2. 3
    [intransitive] to begin to live in a different house or area

    We’re moving next week.

    move to:

    Jill’s moved to Boston.

    move house:

    Moving house can be quite a stressful experience.

  3. 4
    [intransitive] to begin doing something in order to achieve a goal or solve a problem
  4. 5
    [intransitive] to change from one subject to another in a discussion, speech, piece of writing, etc.

    We need to move to the next item on the agenda.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to change from one activity, interest, situation, etc. to another
      move toward:

      The country has only recently begun moving toward democracy.

      move from/to:

      She moved from studying law to studying medicine.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to change the time or date of an event, meeting, activity, etc.

      I’d like to move my appointment to 9:30.

  5. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] to persuade someone to change their opinion or decision, or to be persuaded to change yours

    He refuses to move on the salary issue.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to influence someone to do something

      It was his anger that moved him to speak up.

      After her success, she felt moved to help other people.

  6. 7
    [transitive] to affect someone emotionally, especially by making them feel sad and serious

    You can’t fail to be moved by the plight of these people.

  7. 8
    [intransitive/transitive] informal to get rid of something by selling it

    We couldn’t move the stuff even at half the price.

  8. 9
    [intransitive] informal to go or travel very fast

    We’re really moving now!

  9. 10
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a formal proposal at a meeting or in court

    I move that we adjourn.

    move for:

    It’s likely the other side will move for a retrial.

  10. 11
    [intransitive] mainly spoken to leave a place

    It’s time to be moving.

  11. 12
    [intransitive] if you move in a particular world, circle, society, etc., you spend time with people who belong to that particular group or social class

    We move in such different circles that I’m surprised we ever met.

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