Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of deciding to do something
    his first move was to hire a lawyer
  2. (noun, act) (game) a player's turn to take some action permitted by the rules of the game
  3. (noun, act) the act of changing your residence or place of business
  4. (noun, act) the act of changing location from one place to another
    the movement of people from the farms to the cities
    his move put him directly in my path
  5. (noun, act) a change of position that does not entail a change of location
    movement is a sign of life
    an impatient move of his hand
    gastrointestinal motility
  6. (verb, body) be in a state of action
  7. (verb, change) go or proceed from one point to another
  8. (verb, change) progress by being changed
    run through your presentation before the meeting
  9. (verb, communication) propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting
  10. (verb, competition) have a turn; make one's move in a game
  11. (verb, creation) give an incentive for action
  12. (verb, emotion) have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
    This behavior struck me as odd
  13. (verb, emotion) arouse sympathy or compassion in
  14. (verb, motion) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  15. (verb, motion) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
    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
  16. (verb, motion) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
    I'm moving my money to another bank
    The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant
  17. (verb, motion) change residence, affiliation, or place of employment
    The basketball player moved from one team to another
  18. (verb, possession) dispose of by selling
  19. (verb, social) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
    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. (verb, social) follow a procedure or take a course
    She went through a lot of trouble
    go about the world in a certain manner
    Messages must go through diplomatic channels
  21. (verb, social) live one's life in a specified environment

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Move

stand still, stay

Alternate forms of Move

Derivations: motion, movable, move, moveable, movement, mover

Hyponyms: abduction, accompany, acquit, act on, act superior, adduction, advance, advancement, aggress, agitate, agitation, alienate, alternate, angle, antagonise, antagonize, anticipate, approach, approaching, arise, arouse, ascend, ascending, ascension, ascent, assay, assume, attack, attempt, automobile, awaken, back, bang, be adrift, bear, beat, beetle, begin, behave, belt along, bend, bestir, bestride, betake oneself, billow, blow, bluff, bluff out, bob, body english, boil, bolt, bounce, bound, bowl over, brandish, breeze, bring down, bring forward, bring outside, bring up, brush, buck, bucket along, budge, bump around, bustle, bustle about, cannonball along, cant, cant over, caravan, careen, career, carry, cast, castle, center, centre, change, change hands, change owners, channel, channelise, channelize, chase, chase away, check, chess move, chop, churn, circle, circuit, circulate, circumduction, click, climb, climb on, close, closing, cloud, coact, coast, coggle, come, come close, come down, come forward, come out, come to the fore, come together, come up, coming, commit, commove, comport, condescend, conduct, contend, continue, cope, counter, counteract, course, court, crank, crash, crawl, create, creep, cringe, crowd, cruise, cut, cut to, dally, dance, dandle, dare, dart, dawdle, deal, deign, demarche, deport, depress, deracinate, derail, descend, descent, direct, disarrange, disgorge, dislocate, dislodge, dispatch, dispel, displace, displacement, distribute, disturb, disturbance, disunite, diverge, divide, do, do well, dodge, drag, draw, draw back, drift, drive, drive away, drive off, drive out, drop, drop back, duck, ease, ease up, effect, egotrip, elevate, embark, end up, engage, engrave, err, essay, eurhythmics, eurhythmy, eurythmics, eurythmy, evacuate, evade, eversion, everting, exert, exit, expel, exteriorize, extirpate, eye movement, fall, falter, feed, ferry, festinate, fetal movement, fetch up, fidget, finish, finish up, flap, flex, flick, flicker, flinch, fling, flip, flirt, flit, float, flock, flourish, flow, fluctuate, flurry, flutter, flux, fly, foetal movement, follow, following, force, force out, foresee, forestall, forge, forward motion, funk, funnel, gesture, get about, get around, get around to, get by, get down, get on, get out, get up, ghost, give, give way, glide, go, go about, go across, go ahead, go along, go around, go by, go down, go forward, go off at half-cock, go off half-cocked, go on, go out, go past, go through, go up, grab, grapple, gravitate, guard, had best, haste, hasten, headshake, headshaking, heave, herd, hie, hiss, hit, hit home, hit the deck, hit the dirt, hitch, hold back, hold off, hop, hop on, hotfoot, hurl, hurry, hurrying, hurtle, hustle, impel, impress, inclination, inclining, infect, ingrain, instill, interact, interrupt, inversion, island hop, jar, jerk, jerking, jolt, jounce, journey, jump, jump off, jump on, keep, kick, kick out, kicking, kneel, kneeling, knock over, lance, land up, lapse, lateralize, launch, lay, lead, lean, leap, leave, let down, lift, linger, list, lock, locomotion, look sharp, lord it over, lower, lower oneself, lunge, lurch, luxate, make a point, make bold, make do, make out, make sure, make way, manage, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, march on, meander, mesh, migrate, migration, mill, mill about, mill around, misbehave, misconduct, misdemean, mobilise, mobilize, moil, mope, mope around, motor, mount, mount up, move, move around, move back, move back and forth, move in, move involuntarily, move on, move out, move over, move reflexively, move up, nod, offer, onward motion, open, opening, operate, oppose, outflank, overfly, overspill, overturn, pace, pan, part, participate, partner, pass, pass around, pass by, pass on, pass over, pay back, pelt along, perform, perpetrate, persist in, pierce, pitch, pitching, place, play, play it by ear, plough, plow, plow ahead, pose, posing, position, post, potter, potter around, pound, pour, prance, precede, precess, press down, presume, proceed, procession, progress, progression, propagate, propel, prosecute, prostration, pull, pull away, pull back, pulsate, pulse, pump, pursual, pursue, pursuit, push, put, put on airs, putter, putter around, quail, queen it over, quicken, quiver, quivering, race, raft, raise, raise up, rake, ramble, rampage, range, reach, reach out, reaching, react, recede, reciprocate, reciprocation, reclining, recoil, relocate, repair, repay, repeat, reposition, resort, respond, retire, retraction, retreat, retroflection, retroflexion, retrograde, return, revolve, reward, ride, riffle, rise, roam, rock, roil, roll, romance, root out, rotary motion, rotation, round, rouse, rout out, rove, ruff, ruffle, run, run off, rush, rush along, rushing, saccade, sadden, sail, saltate, sashay, satisfice, satisfise, scan, scramble, scroll, seek, seesaw, send, separate, serve, set, set about, set in motion, shack, shake, shake up, shed, shift, shifting, ship, shrink, shutting, shuttle, sidle, sift, singsong, sink, sit, sitting, ski, slant, slice into, slice through, slide, sling, slip, slippage, slither, slop, smite, snap, sneak, snowshoe, solicit, span, speed, speeding, spill, spirt, splatter, splay, split, spread, spring, spurt, squat, squatting, squeeze, squinch, squirm, stalemate, stampede, standing, start, startle, station, steal, steam, steamer, steamroll, steamroller, step, step forward, step on it, step to the fore, step up, stir, stir up, stoop, straddle, stray, streak, stream, stretch, stretch out, strike, strike a chord, strike a note, strike dumb, strike home, strike out, stroke, stumble, surpass, surprise, swan, swap, swash, sway, sweep, sweep away, sweep off, swim, swing, swinging, swoop, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre, take, take back, take care, take down, take over, take part, take the air, take time by the forelock, take turns, take up, taxi, teeter, thread, throw, throw out, thrust, thump, thunder, tilt, tip over, toss, totter, touch, toy, trail, tram, tramp, transfer, translate, translation, transmigrate, transmit, transport, travel, travel along, travel by, travel purposefully, travel rapidly, traveling, travelling, tread, trip, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe, trouble, trump, trundle, try, tug, tumble, tump over, turn, turn back, turn over, twine, twist, twitch, undulate, unroll, unseat, unwind, upending, uprise, uproot, upset, upstage, use, vacillation, vagabond, venture, vex, vibrate, vibration, volunteer, waggle, wait, walk, wallow, wamble, wander, wash, wave, waver, weave, wedge, welter, wend, wheel, whine, whirl, whirl around, whish, whisk, whistle, whoosh, wiggle, wince, wind, wind off, wind up, wing, withdraw, wobble, woo, woosh, work, worm, wrap, wrestle, wriggle, writhe, yield, zap, zigzag, zip, zoom

Hypernyms: act, advise, affect, alter, cause, change, conclusion, decision, determination, do, impress, live, make, move, play, propose, sell, strike, suggest, turn, vary

Origin of the word Move

  1. late 13c., from Anglo-Fr. movir (O.Fr. moveir), from L. movere "move, set in motion" (pp. motus, freq. motare), from PIE base *meue- (cf., Skt. kama-muta "moved by love" and probably mivati "pushes, moves;" Lith. mauti "push on;" Gk. ameusasthai "to surpass," amyno "push away"). Meaning "to affect with… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Move

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