move1 W1S1 [mu:v] v
1¦(change place)¦
2¦(new house/office)¦
3¦(change opinion etc)¦
5¦(take action)¦
6¦(change job/class etc)¦
8¦(cause somebody to do something)¦
10¦(change subject)¦
11 get moving
12 it's time I was moving/we ought to get moving etc
14¦(at a meeting)¦
15¦(go fast)¦
16¦(be bought)¦
17 move with the times
18 move in ... circles/society/world
Phrasal verbs
 move along
 move around
 move away
 move down (something)
 move in
 move off
 move on
 move out
 move over
 move up
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: mouvoir, from Latin movere]
1.) ¦(CHANGE PLACE)¦ [I and T]
to change from one place or position to another, or to make something do this
Please keep the doors closed while the train is moving.
'Come on,' Sue said. No one moved.
Could you move your car, please? It's blocking the road.
move quickly/slowly/steadily etc
The plane moved slowly along the runway, then stopped.
move away/out/to/towards etc
He moved closer to her.
Becca moved down the steps and into the yard.
move about/around
I could hear someone moving around upstairs.
The bar was so crowded you could hardly move .
At Christmas, you couldn't move for toys in this house (=there were a lot of toys) .
Paul couldn't move a muscle (=could not move at all) he was so scared.
2.) ¦(NEW HOUSE/OFFICE)¦ [I and T]
if a person or company moves, or if you move them, they go to live or work in a different place
We've moved seven or eight times in the last five years.
move to/into/from
When are you moving to Memphis?
They've moved into bigger offices in London.
move sb to/into/from etc sth
He had to move his mother into a nursing home.
The company is moving its sales center downtown.
move house/home
BrE (=go to live in a different house)
My parents kept moving house because of my dad's job.
to change from one opinion or way of thinking to another
= ↑shift
Neither side is willing to move on the issue of territory.
move towards/away from
The two political parties have moved closer towards each other in recent months.
At this stage, children move further away from the influence of their parents, and depend more on their friends.
b) [T]
to persuade someone to change their opinion
She won't be moved - it doesn't matter what you say to her.
4.) ¦(PROGRESS)¦ [I]
to make progress in a particular way or at a particular rate
Things moved quickly once the contract was signed.
The negotiations seem to be moving in the right direction.
get/keep things moving
The plan should boost employment and get things moving in the economy.
5.) ¦(TAKE ACTION)¦ [I]
to start taking action, especially in order to achieve something or deal with a problem
move on/against
The governor has yet to move on any of the recommendations in the report.
move fast/quickly/swiftly
You'll have to move fast if you want to get a place on the course.
6.) ¦(CHANGE JOB/CLASS ETC)¦ [I and T]
to change to a different job, class etc, or to make someone change to a different job, class etc
= ↑transfer move sb to/into/from sth
Several students were moved from the beginners' class into the intermediate one.
He spent five years at KLP, before moving to IMed as a manager.
7.) ¦(EMOTION)¦ [T]
to make someone feel strong emotions, especially of sadness or sympathy
be deeply/genuinely/profoundly moved
Russell was deeply moved by what he heard.
His speech moved the audience to tears .
to cause someone to do something
move sb to do sth
Seeing her there had moved him to think about the time they had together.
be/feel moved to do sth
I have never before felt moved to write, but I feel I must protest.
9.) ¦(TIME/ORDER)¦ [T]
to change the time or order of something
move sth to/from sth
Could we move the meeting to Thursday?
to start talking or writing about a different subject
move away from/off/to etc
We seem to be moving away from the main point of the discussion.
move on(4)
11.) get moving [i]also move it
spoken used to tell someone to hurry
Come on, get moving or you'll be late for school.
12.) it's time I was moving/we ought to get moving etc
spoken used to say that you need to leave or go somewhere
I think it's time we were moving.
I ought to get moving - I have to be up early tomorrow.
13.) ¦(GAMES)¦ [I and T]
to change the position of one of the objects used to play a game such as ↑chess
14.) ¦(AT A MEETING)¦ [I and T] formal
to officially make a proposal at a meeting
move that
The chairman moves that the meeting be adjourned.
move to do sth
I move to approve the minutes as read.
move an amendment
BrE (=suggest a change)
They want to move an amendment to the bill.
15.) ¦(GO FAST)¦ [i]informal
to travel very fast
This car can really move!
16.) ¦(BE BOUGHT)¦
if things of a particular kind are moving, they are being bought, especially at a particular rate
The highest-priced homes are still moving slowly.
17.) move with the times
to change the way you think and behave, as society changes
If the resorts want to keep attracting tourists, they need to move with the times.
18.) move in ... circles/society/world
to spend a lot of time with a particular type of people and know them well
She spent time in England, where she moved in high society.
move the goalposts [i]atgoalpost, move in for the kill atkill2 (2), move heaven and earth atheaven, when the spirit moves you atspirit1 (15)
move along phr v
1.) if a process or situation is moving along, or if you move it along, it continues and makes progress
Construction of the bridge is moving along.
move sth along
I hope we can move things along and get the negotiations going again.
2.) move sb <=>along
to officially order someone to leave a public place
A queue formed by the gates, and a policeman tried to move people along.
move around phr v
to change where you live very frequently, especially so that you live in many different parts of a country
My dad was in the army, so we moved around a lot.
move away phr v
to go to live in a different area
My best friend moved away when I was ten.
move down () [move down (sth)] phr v
to change to a lower group, rank, or level
Interest rates have moved down.
A drop in wages has meant that these families have moved down the social and economic scale.
move in phr v
1.) also move into sth
to start living in a new home
≠ ↑move out
When are you moving in?
Mom and Dad had always planned to move into a smaller house when we grew up.
2.) to start living with someone in the same home
move in with
Steve's going to move in with her.
3.) to start being involved in and controlling a situation that someone else controlled previously
The big multinationals moved in and started pushing up prices.
move in on
Investors moved in on a group of car enthusiasts and took over the market.
4.) to go towards a place or group of people, in order to attack them or take control of them
move in on
Police moved in on the demonstrators in the square.
move off phr v
if a vehicle or group of people moves off, it starts to leave
Always check behind the car before you move off.
move on phr v
to leave your present job, class, or activity and start doing another one
I enjoyed my job, but it was time to move on.
move on to
When you finish, move on to the next exercise.
move on to higher/better things
(=get a better job or social position - used humorously)
Jeremy's leaving the company to move on to higher things.
a) to develop in your life, and change your relationships, interests, activities etc
I've moved on since high school, and now I don't have much in common with some of my old friends.
move on from
She has long since moved on from the roles of her youth.
b) to change, progress, improve, or become more modern as time passes
By the time the software was ready, the market had moved on.
3.) move sb on
BrE to order someone to leave a particular place - used especially about police
The police arrived on the scene and began moving the protesters on.
to start talking about a new subject in a discussion, book etc
Before we move on, does anyone have any questions?
to leave the place where you have been staying and continue to another place
After three days we decided it was time to move on.
move on to
The exhibition has now moved on to Edinburgh.
6.) ¦(TIME)¦
if time, the year etc moves on, the time passes
As time moves on, I'd like the children to play more challenging music.
7.) time is moving on
BrE spoken used to say that you must leave soon or do something soon, because it is getting late
Time's moving on - we'd better get back to the car.
move out phr v
1.) to leave the house where you are living now in order to go and live somewhere else
≠ ↑move in
He moved out, and a year later they were divorced.
move out of
They moved out of London when he was little.
2.) if a group of soldiers moves out, they leave a place
3.) AmE spoken to leave
Are you ready to move out?
move over phr v
1.) to change position so that there is more space for someone else
Move over a little, so I can get in.
2.) to start using a different system, doing a different type of work etc
move over to
Most companies have moved over to computer-aided design systems.
3.) to change jobs, especially within the same organization or industry
move over from
The company's new publisher just moved over from Villard Books.
4.) move over Madonna/Walt Disney/CD-ROMs etc
used when saying that something new is becoming more popular than something older - used humorously
Move over, Armani, there's a new designer taking the fashion scene by storm.
move up phr v
1.) to get a better job in a company, or change to a more advanced group, higher rank, or higher level
To move up, you'll need the right training.
Share prices moved up this month.
move up to
The kids learn fast, and can't wait to move up to the junior team.
He was moving up the ladder (=getting higher and higher positions) , getting experience of command.
He's moved up in the world (=got a better job or social position) in the last few years, and his new flat shows it.
2.) especially BrE to change position in order to make more space for other people or things or be near someone else
There's room for one more if everyone moves up a bit.
move 2
move2 W1S2 n
4 be on the move
5 get a move on
6 make the first move
8 make a move
9¦(going to a new place)¦
something that you decide to do in order to achieve something
She's still thinking about her next move .
move to do sth
the Board's recent moves to cut interest rates
Most of the council members are reluctant to make such a drastic move .
The authorities have made no move to resolve the conflict.
a good/wise/smart etc move
She decided to learn as much about it as she could, which seemed like a wise move.
Taking the position was a good career move (=a decision that will improve the type of jobs you can do) .
there are moves afoot (to do sth)
BrE (=there are plans, especially secret ones)
It seems there could be moves afoot to close the centre.
2.) ¦(MOVEMENT)¦ [usually singular]
when someone moves for a short time in a particular direction
Good gymnasts rehearse their moves mentally before a competition.
He made no move to come any nearer.
Martin made a move towards the door.
watch/follow sb's every move
His green eyes followed Cissy's every move.
One false move (=move in the wrong direction) and I'll shoot.
a change, especially one which improves a situation
move towards/from/against/to
the country's move towards democracy
a move away from traditional industries such as coal mining
Much more research is being done, which is a move in the right direction .
4.) be on the move
a) to be travelling from one place to another
The rebel army is on the move.
b) to be busy and active
Roy is constantly on the move.
c) to be changing and developing a lot, especially in a way that improves things
Museums are on the move, adding exhibits that entertain and educate.
5.) get a move on
spoken used to tell someone to hurry
6.) make the first move
to do something first, especially in order to end a quarrel or start a relationship
Men say they like it when women make the first move.
7.) ¦(GAMES)¦
when you change the position of one of the objects in a game such as ↑chess
Several moves later, Ron took his king.
It's your move, Janet (=it is your turn to move an object) .
8.) make a move
BrE informal to leave a place
It's getting late - we ought to make a move.
9.) ¦(GOING TO A NEW PLACE)¦ [usually singular]
when you leave one house, office etc, and go to live or work in a different one
The move to a larger office building is long overdue.

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