What is the meaning of move?


  • The act of deciding to do something.
    • usage: "he didn't make a move to help"; "his first move was to hire a lawyer"
  • The act of changing your residence or place of business.
    • usage: "they say that three moves equal one fire"
  • A change of position that does not entail a change of location.
    • usage: "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
  • The act of changing location from one place to another.
    • usage: "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"
  • Game) a player's turn to take some action permitted by the rules of the game. (


  • Change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically.
    • usage: "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"; "news travelled fast"
  • Cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense.
    • usage: "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
  • Move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion.
    • usage: "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
  • Change residence, affiliation, or place of employment.
    • usage: "We moved from Idaho to Nebraska"; "The basketball player moved from one team to another"
  • Follow a procedure or take a course.
    • usage: "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"
  • Be in a state of action.
    • usage: "she is always moving"
  • Go or proceed from one point to another.
    • usage: "the debate moved from family values to the economy"
  • Perform an action, or work out or perform (an action. )
    • usage: "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"
  • Have an emotional or cognitive impact upon.
    • usage: "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
  • Give an incentive for action.
    • usage: "This moved me to sacrifice my career"
  • Arouse sympathy or compassion in.
    • usage: "Her fate moved us all"
  • Dispose of by selling.
    • usage: "The chairman of the company told the salesmen to move the computers"
  • Progress by being changed.
    • usage: "The speech has to go through several more drafts"; "run through your presentation before the meeting"
  • Live one's life in a specified environment.
    • usage: "she moves in certain circles only"
  • Have a turn; make one's move in a game.
    • usage: "Can I go now"
    • synonyms: go
  • Propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting.
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APAWordNet. (2010). move. Retrieved April 23, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/move/definitions/1189300
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