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Definition of 'move'


  1. the act of deciding to do something; "he didn't make a move to help"; "his first move was to hire a lawyer"
  2. the act of changing your residence or place of business; "they say that three moves equal one fire"
       Synonyms: relocation
  3. a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
       Synonyms: motion movement motility
  4. the act of changing location from one place to another; "police controlled the motion of the crowd"; "the movement of people from the farms to the cities"; "his move put him directly in my path"
       Synonyms: motion movement
  5. (game) a player's turn to take some action permitted by the rules of the game


  1. change location; move, travel, or proceed; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"
       Synonyms: travel go locomote
       Antonyms: stay in place
  2. cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
       Synonyms: displace
  3. move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
       Antonyms: stand still
  4. change residence, affiliation, or place of employment; "We moved from Idaho to Nebraska"; "The basketball player moved from one team to another"
       Antonyms: stay stick stick around stay put
  5. follow a procedure or take a course; "We should go farther in this matter"; "She went through a lot of trouble"; "go about the world in a certain manner"; "Messages must go through diplomatic channels"
       Synonyms: go proceed
  6. be in a state of action; "she is always moving"
       Synonyms: be active
       Antonyms: rest
  7. go or proceed from one point to another; "the debate moved from family values to the economy"
  8. perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
       Synonyms: act
       Antonyms: refrain forbear
  9. have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
       Synonyms: affect impress strike
  10. give an incentive for action; "This moved me to sacrifice my career"
       Synonyms: motivate actuate propel prompt incite
  11. arouse sympathy or compassion in; "Her fate moved us all"
  12. dispose of by selling; "The chairman of the company told the salesmen to move the computers"
  13. progress by being changed; "The speech has to go through several more drafts"; "run through your presentation before the meeting"
       Synonyms: go run
  14. live one's life in a specified environment; "she moves in certain circles only"
  15. have a turn; make one's move in a game; "Can I go now?"
       Synonyms: go
  16. propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting
       Synonyms: make a motion

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