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(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)   (game) a player's turn to take some action permitted by the rules of the game
(3)   The act of changing your residence or place of business
"They say that three moves equal one fire"
(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"
(5)   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"


(6)   Be in a state of action
"She is always moving"
(7)   Go or proceed from one point to another
"The debate moved from family values to the economy"
(8)   Progress by being changed
"The speech has to go through several more drafts"
"Run through your presentation before the meeting"
(9)   Propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting
(10)   Have a turn; make one's move in a game
"Can I go now?"
(11)   Give an incentive for action
"This moved me to sacrifice my career"
(12)   Have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
"This child impressed me as unusually mature"
"This behavior struck me as odd"
(13)   Arouse sympathy or compassion in
"Her fate moved us all"
(14)   Move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
"He moved his hand slightly to the right"
(15)   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"
(16)   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"
(17)   Change residence, affiliation, or place of employment
"We moved from Idaho to Nebraska"
"The basketball player moved from one team to another"
(18)   Dispose of by selling
"The chairman of the company told the salesmen to move the computers"
(19)   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"
(20)   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"
(21)   Live one's life in a specified environment
"She moves in certain circles only"


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  1. To change place or posture; to stir; to go, in any manner, from one place or position to another; as, a ship moves rapidly.
  2. To act; to take action; to stir; to begin to act; as, to move in a matter.
  3. To change residence; to remove, as from one house, town, or state, to another; to go and live at another place.
  4. To change the place of a piece in accordance with the rules of the game.
  5. To cause to change place or posture in any manner; to set in motion; to carry, convey, draw, or push from one place to another; to impel; to stir; as, the wind moves a vessel; the horse moves a carriage.
  6. To transfer (a piece or man) from one space or position to another, according to the rules of the game; as, to move a king.
  7. To excite to action by the presentation of motives; to rouse by representation, persuasion, or appeal; to influence.
  8. To arouse the feelings or passions of; especially, to excite to tenderness or compassion; to touch pathetically; to excite, as an emotion.
  9. To propose; to recommend; specifically, to propose formally for consideration and determination, in a deliberative assembly; to submit, as a resolution to be adopted; as, to move to adjourn.
  10. To incite, urge (someone to do something); to sollicit (someone for or of an issue); to make a proposal to.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book VII:
      "Sir," seyde Sir Boys, "ye nede nat to meve me of such maters, for well ye wote I woll do what I may to please you."
  11. To apply to, as for aid.



  1. The act of moving; a movement.
  2. An act for the attainment of an object; a step in the execution of a plan or purpose.
  3. A formalized or practiced action used in athletics, dance, physical exercise, self-defense, hand-to-hand combat, etc.
    She always gets spontaneous applause for that one move.
    He can win a match with that one move.
  4. The event of changing one's residence.
  5. The act of moving a token on a gameboard from one position to another when it's one's turn to play.