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move definition

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This page has 31 definitions of move with English translations in 7 languages. Move is a verb, noun and adjective. Examples of how to use move in a sentence are shown. Also define these 91 related words and terms: change, place, posture, go, position, stir, act, action, get moving, residence, move out, move in, chess, piece, rule, game, motion, carry, convey, draw, push, impel, transfer, space, excite, motive, rouse, representation, persuasion, appeal, influence, arouse, feeling, passion, tenderness, compassion, emotion, affect, trouble, propose, recommend, consideration, determination, deliberative, assembly, submit, mention, suggest, lodge, incite, urge, solicit, apply, aid, law, request, court, bow, salute, meet, sell, market, movement, attainment, object, execution, plan, purpose, match, board game, token, gameboard, play, military, slang, conscript, acquires, exemption, physical, education, falsified, health, feign, sick, mover, bad, moveo, ele, ela, você, and tu.

See also: mové

English move definition

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Middle English moven, moeven, meven, borrowed from Old Northern French mover, moveir and Old French mouver, moveir (to move) (compare modern French mouvoir from Old French movoir), from Latin movēre, present active infinitive of moveō (move; change, exchange, go in or out, quit), from Proto-Indo-European *mew- (to move, drive). Cognate with Lithuanian mauti (to push on, rush), Sanskrit मीवति (mī́vati, pushes, presses, moves), Middle Dutch mouwe (sleeve). More at muff. Largely displaced native English stir, from Middle English stiren, sturien, from Old English styrian.

Pronunciation

Verb

move (third-person singular simple present moves, present participle moving, simple past and past participle moved)

  1. (intransitive) To change place or posture; to go, in any manner, from one place or position to another.
    A ship moves rapidly.
    I was sitting on the sofa for a long time, feeling too lazy to move.
    Synonym: stir
    • 1780, William Cowper, “Light Shining out of Darkneſs”, in Twenty-ſix Letters on Religious Subjects [] To which are added Hymns [] [1], fourth edition, page 252:
      God moves in a myſterious way, / His wonders to perform; / He plants his footſteps in the ſea, / And rides upon the ſtorm.
    • 1839, Denison Olmsted, A Compendium of Astronomy Page 95
      Secondly, When a body is once in motion it will continue to move forever, unless something stops it. When a ball is struck on the surface of the earth, the friction of the earth and the resistance of the air soon stop its motion.
  2. (intransitive) To act; to take action; to begin to act
    to move in a matter
    Come on guys, let's move: there's work to do!
    Synonyms: get moving, stir
    • Get Moving definition
      To start hurrying to undertake a task.
  3. (intransitive) To change residence, for example from one house, town, or state, to another; to go and live at another place. See also move out and move in.
    I decided to move to the country for a more peaceful life.
    They moved closer to work to cut down commuting time.
    • Move In definition
      To start living or working in a new place; to transport one's belongings to a new home or workplace; to make one's home or workplace into a suitable environment.
  4. (intransitive, chess, and other games) To change the place of a piece in accordance with the rules of the game.
    The rook moved from a8 to a6.
    My opponent's counter was moving much quicker round the board than mine.
    • Piece definition
      A part of a larger whole, usually in such a form that it is able to be separated from other parts. (1 of 20 piece definitions)
  5. (transitive, ergative) 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
    The waves moved the boat up and down.
    The horse moves a carriage.
    Synonyms: stir, impel
    • Push definition
      To apply a force to (an object) such that it moves away from the person or thing applying the force. (1 of 16 push definitions)
  6. (transitive, chess, and other games) To transfer (a piece or man) from one space or position to another, according to the rules of the game
    She moved the queen closer to the centre of the board.
    He rolled a 5 and moved his counter to Boardwalk, the most expensive property on the Monopoly board.
  7. (transitive) To excite to action by the presentation of motives; to rouse by representation, persuasion, or appeal; to influence.
    This song moves me to dance.
    • 1603, Richard Knolles, The Generall Historie of the Turkes, [], London: [] Adam Islip, OCLC 837543169:
      Seducer of the Peopie, not moved with the Piety of his Life
    • 1697, “The Seventh Book of the Æneis”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], OCLC 403869432:
      No female arts his mind could move.
    • Persuasion definition
      The act of persuading, or trying to do so; the addressing of arguments to someone with the intention of changing their mind or convincing them of a certain point of view, course of action etc. (1 of 6 persuasion definitions)
  8. (transitive) To arouse the feelings or passions of; especially, to excite to tenderness or compassion, to excite (for example, an emotion).
    That book really moved me.
    Synonyms: affect, trouble
  9. (transitive, intransitive) To propose; to recommend; specifically, to propose formally for consideration and determination, in a deliberative assembly; to submit
    • 1905, Livy, translated by Canon Roberts, From the Founding of the City Book 38
      Two days were thus wasted in the quarrel between the consuls. It was clear that while Faminius was present no decision could be arrived at. Owing to Flaminius' absence through illness, Aemilius seized the opportunity to move a resolution which the senate adopted. Its purport was that the Ambracians should have all their property restored to them; they should be free to live under their own laws; they should impose such harbour dues and other imposts by land and sea as they desired, provided that the Romans and their Italian allies were exempt.
    I move to repeal the rule regarding obligatory school uniform.
  10. (transitive, obsolete) To mention; to raise (a question); to suggest (a course of action); to lodge (a complaint).
    • Mention definition
      A speaking or notice of anything, usually in a brief or cursory manner. Used especially in the phrase make mention of. (1 of 2 mention definitions)
  11. (transitive, obsolete) To incite, urge (someone to do something); to solicit (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."
  12. (transitive, obsolete) To apply to, as for aid.
    • Apply definition
      To lay or place; to put (one thing to another) (1 of 9 apply definitions)
  13. (law, transitive, intransitive) To request an action from the court.
    An attorney moved the court to issue a restraining order.
    The district attorney moved for a non-suit.
    • Court definition
      An enclosed space; a courtyard; an uncovered area shut in by the walls of a building, or by different buildings; also, a space opening from a street and nearly surrounded by houses; a blind alley. (1 of 15 court definitions)
  14. (intransitive, obsolete) To bow or salute upon meeting.
  15. (transitive, slang) To sell, to market (especially, but not exclusively, illegal products)
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Noun

move (plural moves)

  1. The act of moving; a movement.
    A slight move of the tiller, and the boat will go off course.
    • 1913, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Poison Belt[2]:
      Lord John had followed me. "By George, young fellah!" said he, pulling off his coat. "You've hit on a dooced good notion. Give me a grip and we'll soon have a move on it." But, even then, so heavy was the bell that it was not until Challenger and Summerlee had added their weight to ours that we heard the roaring and clanging above our heads which told us that the great clapper was ringing out its music.
  2. An act for the attainment of an object; a step in the execution of a plan or purpose.
    He made another move towards becoming a naturalized citizen.
  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.
    • Match definition
      A competitive sporting event such as a boxing meet, a baseball game, or a cricket match. (1 of 11 match definitions)
  4. The event of changing one's residence.
    The move into my fiancé's house took two long days.
    They were pleased about their move to the country.
  5. A change in strategy.
    I am worried about our boss's move.
    It was a smart move to bring on a tall striker to play against the smaller defenders.
  6. A transfer, a change from one employer to another.
    • 2013, Phil McNulty, "[3]", BBC Sport, 1 September 2013:
      Robin van Persie squandered United's best chance late on but otherwise it was a relatively comfortable afternoon for Liverpool's new goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who has yet to concede a Premier League goal since his £9m summer move from Sunderland.
  7. (board games) The act of moving a token on a gameboard from one position to another according to the rules of the game.
    The best move of the game was when he sacrificed his rook in order to gain better possession.
    It's your move! Roll the dice!
    If you roll a six, you can make two moves.
    Synonym: play
    • Board Game definition
      Any of many games of strategy or chance played on a specially designed board; often involves one or more players moving pieces and using dice or cards.

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Finnish move definition

Etymology

A contraction of motivaatiovemppa.

Noun

move

  1. (military slang) A conscript who acquires or has acquired exemptions from physical education for falsified reasons of health, i.e. by feigning sick.
    • Acquires definition
      Third-person singular simple present indicative form of acquire
    • Falsified definition
      Demonstrated to be false.

Declension

Inflection of move (Kotus type 8/nalle, no gradation)
nominative move movet
genitive moven movejen
partitive movea moveja
illative moveen moveihin
singular plural
nominative move movet
accusative nom. move movet
gen. moven
genitive moven movejen
moveinrare
partitive movea moveja
inessive movessa moveissa
elative movesta moveista
illative moveen moveihin
adessive movella moveilla
ablative movelta moveilta
allative movelle moveille
essive movena moveina
translative moveksi moveiksi
instructive movein
abessive movetta moveitta
comitative moveineen
Possessive forms of move (type nalle)
possessor singular plural
1st person moveni movemme
2nd person movesi movenne
3rd person movensa

Derived terms


Galician move definition

Verb

move

  1. third-person singular present indicative of mover
  2. second-person singular imperative of mover

Haitian Creole move definition

Etymology

From French mauvais (bad)

Adjective

move

  1. bad

Interlingua move definition

Verb

move

  1. present of mover
  2. imperative of mover

Latin move definition

Verb

movē

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of moveō

Portuguese move definition

Pronunciation

Verb

move

  1. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present indicative of mover
    • Ele definition
      the name of the Latin-script letter L.
    • Ela definition
      the name of the Latin-script letter L.
    • Você definition
      second-person singular personal pronoun; you (1 of 2 você definitions)
  2. second-person singular (tu, sometimes used with você) affirmative imperative of mover
    • Tu definition
      thing