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English noun: move

1. move (act) the act of deciding to do something

SamplesHe didn't make a move to help.
His first move was to hire a lawyer.

Broader (hypernym)conclusion, decision, determination

Narrower (hyponym)demarche, maneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre

2. move (act) the act of changing your residence or place of business

SamplesThey say that three moves equal one fire.


Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)flit, overspill

3. move (act) a change of position that does not entail a change of location

SamplesThe reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise.
Movement is a sign of life.
An impatient move of his hand.
Gastrointestinal motility.

Synonymsmotility, motion, movement

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)abduction, adduction, agitation, body English, circumduction, closing, dart, disturbance, eurhythmics, eurhythmy, eurythmics, eurythmy, eversion, everting, eye movement, fetal movement, flicker, flit, flutter, foetal movement, gesture, headshake, headshaking, inclination, inclining, inversion, inversion, jerk, jerking, jolt, kick, kicking, kneel, kneeling, lurch, opening, pitch, pitching, posing, prostration, quiver, quivering, reach, reaching, reciprocation, reclining, retraction, retroflection, retroflexion, rotary motion, rotation, saccade, shutting, sitting, sitting, snap, span, squat, squatting, squirm, standing, straddle, stretch, stroke, sweep, toss, upending, vibration, wave, waver, wiggle, wriggle

4. move (act) the act of changing location from one place to another

SamplesPolice controlled the motion of the crowd.
The movement of people from the farms to the cities.
His move put him directly in my path.

Synonymsmotion, movement

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)advance, advancement, approach, approaching, ascending, ascension, ascent, chase, coast, coming, crawl, descent, displacement, flow, following, forward motion, glide, haste, hurry, hurrying, locomotion, lunge, lurch, maneuver, manoeuvre, migration, onward motion, play, procession, progress, progression, pursual, pursuit, return, rise, rush, rushing, shift, shifting, slide, slippage, speed, speeding, stream, swing, swinging, translation, travel, travel, traveling, travelling, vacillation

5. move (act) (game) a player's turn to take some action permitted by the rules of the game

Broader (hypernym)play, turn

Narrower (hyponym)chess move

Domain categorygame

English verb: move

1. move (motion) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

SamplesHow 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.

ExamplesThe cars move down the avenue

Synonymsgo, locomote, travel

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Narrower (hyponym)accompany, advance, angle, arise, ascend, automobile, back, bang, be adrift, beetle, belt along, betake oneself, billow, blow, bounce, breeze, bucket along, cannonball along, caravan, career, carry, cast, change, circle, circle, circuit, circulate, circulate, circulate, come, come, come down, come up, come up, continue, crank, crawl, creep, cruise, derail, descend, do, drag, draw, draw back, drift, drift, drift, drive, drive, ease, err, fall, fall, fall, ferry, float, float, float, flock, fly, fly, follow, follow, follow, forge, get about, get around, ghost, glide, go across, go around, go around, go by, go down, go forward, go on, go past, go through, go up, go up, hasten, hie, hiss, hotfoot, hurry, hurtle, island hop, jounce, journey, jump, lance, lead, lift, lurch, march on, meander, motor, move around, move around, move back, move on, move up, outflank, overfly, pace, pan, pass, pass, pass by, pass on, pass over, pelt along, play, plough, plow, prance, precede, precess, proceed, progress, propagate, pull away, pull back, pursue, push, race, raft, ramble, range, recede, repair, resort, retire, retreat, retreat, retrograde, return, ride, ride, ride, rise, roam, roll, roll, round, rove, run, run, rush, rush along, scramble, seek, shack, shuttle, sift, sit, ski, slice into, slice through, slide, slither, snowshoe, speed, speed, speed, spirt, spread, spurt, steam, steamer, step, step, step, step on it, stray, stray, surpass, swan, swap, swash, swim, swim, swim, swing, take the air, taxi, thread, trail, tram, tramp, transfer, travel, travel, travel, travel along, travel by, travel purposefully, travel rapidly, tread, trundle, turn, uprise, vagabond, walk, walk, wander, wander, weave, wend, wheel, whine, whish, whisk, whistle, whoosh, wind, wing, withdraw, zigzag, zip, zoom

Verb groupdisplace, move

Antonymsstay in place

2. move (motion) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

SamplesMove those boxes into the corner, please.
I'm moving my money to another bank.
The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant.

ExamplesThey move the car down the avenue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)advance, agitate, beat, blow, bowl over, brandish, bring down, bring forward, bring outside, bring up, bump around, carry, center, centre, change hands, change owners, channel, channelise, channelize, chase away, circulate, circulate, circulate, commove, crowd, dandle, depress, deracinate, direct, disarrange, disgorge, dislocate, dislodge, dispel, displace, distribute, disturb, disunite, divide, drag, draw, draw, drive, drive away, drive off, drive out, drive out, drop, elevate, engage, expel, exteriorize, extirpate, flap, flick, flourish, fluctuate, force, force, force, force out, funnel, get down, get up, glide, herd, hit, hustle, impel, jar, kick out, knock over, lateralize, launch, lay, let down, lift, lift, lift, lock, lower, luxate, mesh, mobilise, mobilize, operate, overturn, part, pass around, pass on, place, place, play, pose, position, post, pour, press down, propel, pull, pull, pulse, pump, push, put, race, raise, raise, raise up, rake, relocate, reposition, revolve, riffle, rock, roll, roll, root out, rouse, rout out, ruffle, run, run off, rush, saltate, scan, send, send, send, separate, set, set in motion, shake up, shake up, shed, shift, shift, ship, singsong, sink, slide, sling, slip, slip, slop, spill, spill, splatter, splay, squeeze, station, stir, stir up, strike, sway, swing, take back, take down, throw out, tip over, transfer, transfer, transfer, translate, translate, transmit, transport, transport, transport, transport, tug, tump over, turn, turn, turn, turn back, turn over, turn over, twine, unroll, unseat, unwind, uproot, upset, upstage, vex, wash, wave, wedge, whistle, whoosh, wind, wind off, woosh, work, work, wrap


Verb groupgo, locomote, move, travel

3. move (motion) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

SamplesHe moved his hand slightly to the right.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)agitate, agitate, arouse, assume, beat, beat, beat, bend, bestride, bob, boil, bolt, bound, brush, buck, budge, bustle, bustle about, cant, cant over, careen, chop, churn, click, click, climb, climb on, close, close, coggle, come together, course, crash, cringe, cut, cut to, dance, dance, dance, dawdle, diverge, dodge, dodge, drop back, duck, ease up, exit, falter, feed, fidget, flap, flap, flex, flick, flinch, fling, flip, flow, flow, flurry, flux, fly, funk, get down, get on, get out, give, give way, go out, grab, gravitate, heave, hit the deck, hit the dirt, hitch, hop, hop on, hurl, hurtle, hustle, jar, jerk, jerk, jolt, jump, jump, jump, jump off, jump on, lean, leap, leap, leave, linger, list, lunge, lurch, make way, mill, mill about, mill around, moil, mope, mope around, mount, mount up, move back and forth, move involuntarily, move over, move reflexively, nod, part, pitch, pitch, potter, potter around, pound, propagate, pulsate, putter, putter around, quail, quicken, quiver, reach, reach out, reciprocate, recoil, roil, roll, run, sail, sashay, seesaw, seesaw, separate, shake, shift, shift, shift, shrink, sidle, sidle, slant, slip, slip, snap, snap, snap, split, spread, spring, squinch, squirm, start, startle, steal, stir, stir, streak, stretch, stretch out, strike, strike out, stumble, sweep, sweep, swoop, take, take up, teeter, throw, thrust, thump, thunder, tilt, tilt, totter, trip, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe, tumble, turn, turn, twist, twitch, twitch, undulate, vibrate, waggle, wallow, wamble, wave, waver, welter, whirl, whirl around, wince, wobble, wobble, worm, wrestle, wriggle, writhe, yield

Antonymsstand still

4. move (motion) change residence, affiliation, or place of employment

SamplesWe moved from Idaho to Nebraska.
The basketball player moved from one team to another.

ExamplesSam and Sue move

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Narrower (hyponym)evacuate, migrate, migrate, move in, move out, relocate, transmigrate

Antonymsstay put, stay, stick, stick around

5. move (social) follow a procedure or take a course

SamplesWe 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.

Synonymsgo, proceed

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s Adjective.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)embark, steamroll, steamroller, venture, work

6. move (body) be in a state of action

SamplesShe is always moving.

Synonymsbe active

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Narrower (hyponym)bestir, rouse


7. move (change) go or proceed from one point to another

SamplesThe debate moved from family values to the economy.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, vary

Narrower (hyponym)lapse, pass, scroll, sink, step

8. move (social) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

SamplesThink 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.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Narrower (hyponym)acquit, act on, act superior, aggress, alternate, antagonise, antagonize, anticipate, approach, assay, attack, attempt, bear, begin, behave, behave, carry, coact, come close, come forward, come out, come to the fore, commit, comport, comport, condescend, condescend, condescend, conduct, contend, continue, continue, continue, cope, counter, counteract, court, court, create, dally, dare, dare, deal, deal, deign, deport, descend, dispatch, disturb, do well, effect, egotrip, end up, engage, essay, evade, exert, festinate, fetch up, finish, finish up, flirt, force, foresee, forestall, get around to, get by, go, go about, go ahead, go along, go off at half-cock, go off half-cocked, go on, grapple, guard, had best, hasten, hold back, hold off, hurry, interact, interrupt, keep, land up, look sharp, lord it over, lower oneself, make a point, make bold, make do, make out, make sure, manage, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, misbehave, misconduct, misdemean, move, offer, oppose, participate, partner, pay back, perform, perpetrate, persist in, play, play, play, play it by ear, plow ahead, presume, proceed, proceed, prosecute, prosecute, pull, pursue, put on airs, queen it over, race, rampage, react, react, reciprocate, repay, repeat, respond, reward, romance, rush, satisfice, satisfise, seek, set about, sneak, solicit, stampede, start, step forward, step to the fore, step up, stoop, surprise, take, take care, take over, take part, take time by the forelock, take turns, toy, try, use, volunteer, wait, wind up, woo

Antonymsrefrain, forbear

9. move (emotion) have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

SamplesThis child impressed me as unusually mature.
This behavior struck me as odd.

ExamplesThe bad news will move him, The good news will move her, The performance is likely to move Sue

Synonymsaffect, impress, strike

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)alienate, awaken, cloud, disturb, engrave, hit home, impress, impress, infect, ingrain, instill, jar, move, pierce, sadden, smite, stir, strike a chord, strike a note, strike dumb, strike home, surprise, sweep away, sweep off, touch, trouble, upset, zap

Causeexperience, feel

Verb groupactuate, come to, hit, incite, motivate, move, prompt, propel, strike

10. move (creation) give an incentive for action

SamplesThis moved me to sacrifice my career.

ExamplesThey move him to write the letter

Synonymsactuate, incite, motivate, prompt, propel

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)cause, do, make

Verb groupaffect, impress, move, move, strike

11. move (emotion) arouse sympathy or compassion in

SamplesHer fate moved us all.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)affect, impress, move, strike

Verb groupactuate, incite, motivate, move, prompt, propel

12. move (possession) dispose of by selling

SamplesThe chairman of the company told the salesmen to move the computers.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)sell

13. move (change) progress by being changed

SamplesThe speech has to go through several more drafts.
Run through your presentation before the meeting.

Synonymsgo, run

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)change

14. move (social) live one's life in a specified environment

SamplesShe moves in certain circles only.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)live

15. move (competition) have a turn; make one's move in a game

SamplesCan I go now?.

ExamplesSam and Sue move


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Narrower (hyponym)bluff, bluff out, cast, castle, check, draw, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, open, operate, ruff, serve, stalemate, trump


Verb groupmake a motion, move

16. move (communication) propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting

Synonymsmake a motion

Pattern of useSomebody ----s on something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)advise, propose, suggest

Verb groupgo, move

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