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 Dictionary entry overview: What does move mean? 

MOVE (noun)
  The noun MOVE has 5 senses:

1. the act of deciding to do something
2. the act of changing your residence or place of business
3. a change of position that does not entail a change of location
4. the act of changing location from one place to another
5. (game) a player's turn to take some action permitted by the rules of the game

  Familiarity information: MOVE used as a noun is common.

MOVE (verb)
  The verb MOVE has 16 senses:

1. change location; move, travel, or proceed
2. cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
3. move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
4. change residence, affiliation, or place of employment
5. follow a procedure or take a course
6. be in a state of action
7. go or proceed from one point to another
8. perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
9. have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
10. give an incentive for action
11. arouse sympathy or compassion in
12. dispose of by selling
13. progress by being changed
14. live one's life in a specified environment
15. have a turn; make one's move in a game
16. propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting

  Familiarity information: MOVE used as a verb is very familiar.

 Dictionary entry details 

MOVE (noun)

Sense 1move [BACK TO TOP]


The act of deciding to do something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context examples:

he didn't make a move to help / his first move was to hire a lawyer

Hypernyms ("move" is a kind of...):

conclusion; decision; determination (the act of making up your mind about something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "move"):

demarche (a move or step or maneuver in political or diplomatic affairs)

maneuver; manoeuvre; tactical maneuver; tactical manoeuvre (a move made to gain a tactical end)

Sense 2move [BACK TO TOP]


The act of changing your residence or place of business

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


move; relocation

Context example:

they say that three moves equal one fire

Hypernyms ("move" is a kind of...):

change (the action of changing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "move"):

flit (a secret move (to avoid paying debts))

Sense 3move [BACK TO TOP]


A change of position that does not entail a change of location

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


movement; motility; motion; move

Context examples:

the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise / movement is a sign of life / an impatient move of his hand / gastrointestinal motility

Hypernyms ("move" is a kind of...):

change (the action of changing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "move"):

snap (the act of snapping the fingers; movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand)

posing; sitting ((photography) the act of assuming a certain position (as for a photograph or portrait))

sitting (the act of assuming or maintaining a seated position)

closing; shutting (the act of closing something)

rotary motion; rotation (the act of rotating as if on an axis)

retroflection; retroflexion (the act of bending backward)

retraction (the act of pulling or holding or drawing a part back)

reclining (the act of assuming or maintaining a reclining position)

squat; squatting (the act of assuming or maintaining a crouching position with the knees bent and the buttocks near the heels)

sweep (a movement in an arc)

toss (an abrupt movement)

eurhythmics; eurhythmy; eurythmics; eurythmy (the interpretation in harmonious bodily movements of the rhythm of musical compositions; used to teach musical understanding)

squirm; wiggle; wriggle (the act of wiggling)

stroke (a single complete movement)

span; straddle (the act of sitting or standing astride)

standing (the act of assuming or maintaining an erect upright position)

flicker; flutter; waver (the act of moving back and forth)

wave (a movement like that of a sudden occurrence or increase in a specified phenomenon)

quiver; quivering; vibration (the act of vibrating)

reciprocation (alternating back-and-forth movement)

reach; reaching; stretch (the act of physically reaching or thrusting out)

prostration (the act of assuming a prostrate position)

dart; flit (a sudden quick movement)

fetal movement; foetal movement (motion of a fetus within the uterus (usually detected by the 16th week of pregnancy))

disturbance (the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion)

circumduction (a circular movement of a limb or eye)

body English (a motion of the body by a player as if to make an object already propelled go in the desired direction)

agitation (the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously))

adduction ((physiology) moving of a body part toward the central axis of the body)

abduction ((physiology) moving of a body part away from the central axis of the body)

gesture (motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling)

headshake; headshaking (the act of turning your head left and right to signify denial or disbelief or bemusement)

inclination; inclining (the act of inclining; bending forward)

opening (the act of opening something)

eye movement (the movement of the eyes)

lurch; pitch; pitching (abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance))

kneel; kneeling (supporting yourself on your knees)

kick; kicking (a rhythmic thrusting movement of the legs as in swimming or calisthenics)

jerk; jerking; jolt; saccade (an abrupt spasmodic movement)

inversion; upending (turning upside down; setting on end)

eversion; everting; inversion (the act of turning inside out)

Sense 4move [BACK TO TOP]


The act of changing location from one place to another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


movement; move; motion

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("move" is a kind of...):

change (the action of changing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "move"):

slippage (failing to hold or slipping out of place)

flow; stream (the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression)

crawl (a very slow movement)

hurrying; speed; speeding (changing location rapidly)

displacement; translation (the act of uniform movement)

shift; shifting (the act of moving from one place to another)

haste; hurry; rush; rushing (the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner)

maneuver; manoeuvre; play (a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill)

migration (the movement of persons from one country or locality to another)

coast; glide; slide (the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it)

return (the act of going back to a prior location)

approach; approaching; coming (the act of drawing spatially closer to something)

advance; advancement; forward motion; onward motion; procession; progress; progression (the act of moving forward toward a goal)

locomotion; travel (self-propelled movement)

lunge; lurch (the act of moving forward suddenly)

travel; traveling; travelling (the act of going from one place to another)

chase; following; pursual; pursuit (the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture)

ascending; ascension; ascent; rise (the act of changing location in an upward direction)

descent (the act of changing your location in a downward direction)

swing; swinging; vacillation (changing location by moving back and forth)

Sense 5move [BACK TO TOP]


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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("move" is a kind of...):

play; turn ((game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession)

Domain category:

game (a contest with rules to determine a winner)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "move"):

chess move (the act of moving a chess piece)

MOVE (verb)

Sense 1move [BACK TO TOP]


Change location; move, travel, or proceed

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming


travel; move; locomote; go

Context examples:

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

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "move"):

circle; circulate (move in circles)

circulate (move around freely)

billow (move with great difficulty)

accompany (go or travel along with)

flock (move as a crowd or in a group)

derail; jump (run off or leave the rails)

angle (move or proceed at an angle)

go across; go through; pass (go across or through)

go by; go past; pass; pass by; surpass; travel by (pass by)

hurry; speed; travel rapidly; zip (move very fast)

speed (travel at an excessive or illegal velocity)

zoom (move with a low humming noise)

drive (move by being propelled by a force)

belt along; bucket along; cannonball along; hasten; hie; hotfoot; pelt along; race; rush; rush along; speed (step on it)

come back; get back; go back; return (come back to place where one has been before, or return to a previous activity)

follow; pursue (follow in or as if in pursuit)

ascend; go up (travel up,)

come down; descend; fall; go down (move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way)

fall (descend in free fall under the influence of gravity)

crank; zigzag (travel along a zigzag path)

follow; travel along (travel along a certain course)

advance; go on; march on; move on; pass on; progress (move forward, also in the metaphorical sense)

draw back; move back; pull away; pull back; recede; retire; retreat; withdraw (pull back or move away or backward)

retrograde (move in a direction contrary to the usual one)

continue; go forward; proceed (move ahead; travel onward in time or space)

back (travel backward)

pan (make a sweeping movement)

follow (to travel behind, go after, come after)

lead; precede (move ahead (of others) in time or space)

arise; come up; go up; lift; move up; rise; uprise (move upward)

shack; trail (move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly)

shuttle (travel back and forth between two points)

whistle (move with, or as with, a whistling sound)

island hop (travel from one island to the next)

plough; plow (move in a way resembling that of a plow cutting into or going through the soil)

lurch (move slowly and unsteadily)

sift (move as if through a sieve)

fall (move in a specified direction)

drag (move slowly and as if with great effort)

run (move about freely and without restraint, or act as if running around in an uncontrolled way)

bang (move noisily)

precess (move in a gyrating fashion)

move around; travel (travel from place to place, as for the purpose of finding work, preaching, or acting as a judge)

ride (sit on and control a vehicle)

snowshoe (travel on snowshoes)

retreat (move away, as for privacy)

hurtle (move with or as if with a rushing sound)

hiss; whoosh (move with a whooshing sound)

whisk (move quickly and nimbly)

career (move headlong at high speed)

circuit (make a circuit)

lance (move quickly, as if by cutting one's way)

go around; outflank (go around the flank of (an opposing army))

propagate (travel through the air)

draw (move or go steadily or gradually)

change; transfer (change from one vehicle or transportation line to another)

swash (make violent, noisy movements)

pace (go at a pace)

step; tread (put down or press the foot, place the foot)

step (move with one's feet in a specific manner)

beetle (fly or go in a manner resembling a beetle)

circulate; go around; spread (become widely known and passed on)

do (travel or traverse (a distance))

raft (travel by raft in water)

get about; get around (move around; move from place to place)

repair; resort (move, travel, or proceed toward some place)

cruise (travel at a moderate speed)

journey; travel (travel upon or across)

come; come up (move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody)

round (wind around; move along a circular course)

trundle (move heavily)

push (move strenuously and with effort)

travel purposefully (travel volitionally and in a certain direction with a certain goal)

swing (change direction with a swinging motion; turn)

cast; drift; ramble; range; roam; roll; rove; stray; swan; tramp; vagabond; wander (move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment)

wend (direct one's course or way)

travel (undergo transportation as in a vehicle)

carry (cover a certain distance or advance beyond)

ease (move gently or carefully)

whish (move with a whishing sound)

float (move lightly, as if suspended)

swap (move (a piece of a program) into memory, in computer science)

seek (go to or towards)

whine (move with a whining sound)

fly (be dispersed or disseminated)

ride (move like a floating object)

come (cover a certain distance)

ghost (move like a ghost)

betake oneself (displace oneself; go from one location to another)

overfly; pass over (fly over)

take the air; walk (take a walk; go for a walk; walk for pleasure)

meander; thread; wander; weave; wind (to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course)

swim (travel through water)

run (travel rapidly, by any (unspecified) means)

step (shift or move by taking a step)

drive; motor (travel or be transported in a vehicle)

automobile (travel in an automobile)

ski (move along on skis)

fly; wing (travel through the air; be airborne)

steam; steamer (travel by means of steam power)

tram (travel by tram)

taxi (travel slowly)

ferry (travel by ferry)

caravan (travel in a caravan)

ride; sit (sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions)

prance (spring forward on the hind legs)

drift; err; stray (wander from a direct course or at random)

slice into; slice through (move through a body or an object with a slicing motion)

forge; spirt; spurt (move or act with a sudden increase in speed or energy)

crawl; creep (move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground)

scramble (to move hurriedly)

slide; slither (to pass or move unobtrusively or smoothly)

roll; wheel (move along on or as if on wheels or a wheeled vehicle)

glide (move smoothly and effortlessly)

bounce; jounce (move up and down repeatedly)

breeze (to proceed quickly and easily)

circle (travel around something)

move around; turn (pass to the other side of)

walk (use one's feet to advance; advance by steps)

float; swim (be afloat; stay on a liquid surface; not sink)

play (move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly)

be adrift; blow; drift; float (be in motion due to some air or water current)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

The cars move down the avenue


move back (pull back or move away or backward)

move on (move forward, also in the metaphorical sense)

move out (move out of one's old house or office)

Sense 2move [BACK TO TOP]


Cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming


move; displace

Context examples:

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

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "move"):

shift; transfer (move around)

displace; force out (force to move)

crowd; herd (cause to herd, drive, or crowd together)

circulate (cause to move in a circuit or system)

circulate; distribute; pass around; pass on (cause to be distributed)

drive out; force out; rouse; rout out (force or drive out)

drive (cause someone or something to move by driving)

race; rush (cause to move fast or to rush or race)

whoosh; woosh (move with a sibilant sound)

chase away; dispel; drive away; drive off; drive out; run off; turn back (force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings)

advance; bring forward (cause to move forward)

sink (cause to sink)

bowl over; knock over; overturn; tip over; tump over; turn over; upset (cause to overturn from an upright or normal position)

send; ship; transport (transport commercially)

direct; send (cause to go somewhere)

transport (move something or somebody around; usually over long distances)

saltate (move by saltation)

bring down; get down; let down; lower; take down (move something or somebody to a lower position)

lift; raise (move upwards)

bring up; elevate; get up; lift; raise (raise from a lower to a higher position)

drop (let fall to the ground)

pour (cause to run)

bring outside; exteriorize (bring outside the body for surgery, of organs)

upstage (move upstage, forcing the other actors to turn away from the audience)

rake (move through with or as if with a rake)

blow (cause to move by means of an air current)

drag (use a computer mouse to move icons on the screen and select commands from a menu)

draw; pull (cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense)

lateralize (move or displace to one side so as to make lateral)

translate (subject to movement in which every part of the body moves parallel to and the same distance as every other point on the body)

hit; strike (drive something violently into a location)

change hands; change owners (be transferred to another owner)

transfer (move from one place to another)

wash (move by or as if by water)

hustle (cause to move furtively and hurriedly)

swing (move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting)

turn; turn over (cause to move around a center so as to show another side of)

turn (cause to move around or rotate)

turn (cause to move along an axis or into a new direction)

slide (move smoothly along a surface)

run (cause an animal to move fast)

whistle (move, send, or bring as if by whistling)

beat; flap (move with a thrashing motion)

singsong (move as if accompanied by a singsong)

expel; kick out; throw out (force to leave or move out)

play (cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space)

circulate; mobilise; mobilize (cause to move around)

disarrange (destroy the arrangement or order of)

boot out; chuck out; eject; exclude; expel; kick out; throw out; turf out; turn out (put out or expel from a place)

lay; place; pose; position; put; set (put into a certain place or abstract location)

engage; lock; mesh; operate (keep engaged)

impel; propel (cause to move forward with force)

launch; set in motion (get going; give impetus to)

roll; twine; wind; wrap (wrap or coil around)

unroll; unwind; wind off (reverse the winding or twisting of)

force; squeeze; wedge (squeeze like a wedge into a tight space)

tug (move by pulling hard)

carry; transport (move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body)

relocate (move or establish in a new location)

dislocate; luxate; slip; splay (move out of position)

translate (change the position of (figures or bodies) in space without rotation)

base; place; post; send; station (assign to a station)

agitate; commove; disturb; raise up; shake up; stir up; vex (change the arrangement or position of)

channel; channelise; channelize; transfer; transmit; transport (send from one person or place to another)

funnel (move or pour through a funnel)

brandish; flourish; wave (move or swing back and forth)

draw; force; pull (cause to move by pulling)

work (move into or onto)

disgorge; shed; spill (cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over)

slop; spill; splatter (cause or allow (a liquid substance) to run or flow from a container)

dandle (move (a baby) up and down in one's arms or on one's knees)

revolve; roll (cause to move by turning over or in a circular manner of as if on an axis)

force; push (move with force,)

rock; sway (cause to move back and forth)

fluctuate (cause to fluctuate or move in a wavelike pattern)

pulse (drive by or as if by pulsation)

dislodge; reposition; shift (change place or direction)

glide (cause to move or pass silently, smoothly, or imperceptibly)

stir (move an implement through with a circular motion)

bump around; jar; shake up (shock physically)

scan (move a light beam over; in electronics, to reproduce an image)

pump (move up and down)

unseat (dislodge from one's seat, as from a horse)

disunite; divide; part; separate (force, take, or pull apart)

deracinate; extirpate; root out; uproot (pull up by or as if by the roots)

depress; press down (press down)

lift (take hold of something and move it to a different location)

flick; riffle; ruffle (twitch or flutter)

work (move in an agitated manner)

take back (move text to the previous line; in printing)

center; centre (move into the center)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They move the car down the avenue

Sense 3move [BACK TO TOP]


Move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

He moved his hand slightly to the right

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "move"):

seesaw (move up and down as if on a seesaw)

displace (take the place of)

exit; get out; go out; leave (move out of or depart from)

part; separate; split (go one's own way; move apart)

diverge (move or draw apart)

lean; list (cause to lean to the side)

tumble; whirl; whirl around (fly around)

close; come together (come together, as if in an embrace)

bustle; bustle about; hustle (move or cause to move energetically or busily)

fidget (move restlessly)

dawdle; linger (take one's time; proceed slowly)

assume; strike; take; take up (occupy or take on)

get down (lower (one's body) as by kneeling)

flap; roll; undulate; wave (move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion)

mill; mill about; mill around (move about in a confused manner)

turn (change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense)

jump; start; startle (move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm)

mope; mope around (move around slowly and aimlessly)

bestride; climb on; get on; hop on; jump on; mount; mount up (get on the back of)

climb (move with difficulty, by grasping)

strike out (make a motion as with one's fist or foot towards an object or away from one's body)

bound; jump; leap; spring (move forward by leaps and bounds)

bolt (move or jump suddenly)

falter; waver (move hesitatingly, as if about to give way)

cringe; flinch; funk; quail; recoil; shrink; squinch; wince (draw back, as with fear or pain)

hop (move quickly from one place to another)

turn (move around an axis or a center)

dodge (make a sudden movement in a new direction so as to avoid)

dodge (move to and fro or from place to place usually in an irregular course)

throw (move violently, energetically, or carelessly)

make way (get out of the way)

dance (skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways)

grab (make a grasping or snatching motion with the hand)

cut (move (one's fist))

close (change one's body stance so that the forward shoulder and foot are closer to the intended point of impact)

fling (move in an abrupt or headlong manner)

beat; flap (move with a flapping motion)

hurl; hurtle; lunge; thrust (make a thrusting forward movement)

swoop (move with a sweep, or in a swooping arc)

flow; flux (move or progress freely as if in a stream)

course; feed; flow; run (move along, of liquids)

flurry (move in an agitated or confused manner)

streak (move quickly in a straight line)

heave (move or cause to move in a specified way, direction, or position)

crash (move with, or as if with, a crashing noise)

thunder (move fast, noisily, and heavily)

snap (move with a snapping sound)

jump; jump off; leap (jump down from an elevated point)

move involuntarily; move reflexively (move in an uncontrolled manner)

ease up; give; give way; move over; yield (move in order to make room for someone for something)

cut to (move to another scene when filming)

lurch; pitch; shift (move abruptly)

jar; jolt (move or cause to move with a sudden jerky motion)

duck (to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away)

bob (move up and down repeatedly)

wallow; welter (roll around,)

squirm; twist; worm; wrestle; wriggle; writhe (to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling))

coggle; wobble (move unsteadily)

sashay; sidle (move sideways)

fly (move quickly or suddenly)

gravitate (move due to the pull of gravitation)

quicken (show signs of life)

stretch; stretch out (extend one's body or limbs)

click; flick; snap (cause to make a snapping sound)

bend; flex (bend a joint)

propagate; spread (become distributed or widespread)

reach; reach out (move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense)

potter; potter around; putter; putter around (move around aimlessly)

dance; trip the light fantastic; trip the light fantastic toe (move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance)

drop back (take position in the rear, especially of a military formation or team sporting event,)

hit the deck; hit the dirt (fall or drop suddenly, usually to evade some danger)

sidle (move unobtrusively or furtively)

sail; sweep (move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions)

slip; steal (move stealthily)

agitate; shake (move or cause to move back and forth)

vibrate (shake, quiver, or throb; move back and forth rapidly, usually in an uncontrolled manner)

jerk; twitch (move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions)

flip; twitch (toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the air)

click; snap (move or strike with a noise)

agitate; budge; shift; stir (move very slightly)

arouse; stir (to begin moving,)

dance (move in a graceful and rhythmical way)

stumble; trip (miss a step and fall or nearly fall)

boil; churn; moil; roil (be agitated)

careen; shift; tilt; wobble (move sideways or in an unsteady way)

cant; cant over; pitch; slant; tilt (heel over)

brush; sweep (sweep across or over)

waggle; wamble (move unsteadily or with a weaving or rolling motion)

chop (move suddenly)

reciprocate (alternate the direction of motion of)

move back and forth (move in one direction and then into the opposite direction)

nod (sway gently back and forth, as is in a nodding motion)

beat; pulsate; quiver (move with or as if with a regular alternating motion)

beat; pound; thump (move rhythmically)

seesaw; teeter; totter (move unsteadily, with a rocking motion)

buck; hitch; jerk (jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


stand still (remain in place; hold still; remain fixed or immobile)


move over (move in order to make room for someone for something)

Sense 4move [BACK TO TOP]


Change residence, affiliation, or place of employment

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context examples:

We moved from Idaho to Nebraska / The basketball player moved from one team to another

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "move"):

migrate (move periodically or seasonally)

migrate; transmigrate (move from one country or region to another and settle there)

evacuate (move out of an unsafe location into safety)

move out (move out of one's old house or office)

move in (move into a new house or office)

relocate (become established in a new location)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue move


stay (stay put (in a certain place))

Sense 5move [BACK TO TOP]


Follow a procedure or take a course

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


go; proceed; move

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "move" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "move"):

work (proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity)

embark; venture (proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers)

steamroll; steamroller (proceed with great force)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Something ----s Adjective/Noun
Somebody ----s Adjective
Somebody ----s PP

Sense 6move [BACK TO TOP]


Be in a state of action

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care


be active; move

Context example:

she is always moving

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "move"):

bestir; rouse (become active)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

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Go or proceed from one point to another

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

the debate moved from family values to the economy

Hypernyms (to "move" is one way to...):

alter; change; vary (make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "move"):

lapse; pass; sink (pass into a specified state or condition)

scroll (move through text or graphics in order to display parts that do not fit on the screen)

step (move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP

Sense 8move [BACK TO TOP]


Perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


act; move

Context examples:

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

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "move"):

effect (act so as to bring into existence)

antagonise; antagonize; counteract (act in opposition to)

anticipate; counter; foresee; forestall (act in advance of; deal with ahead of time)

prosecute (conduct a prosecution in a court of law)

commit; perpetrate; pull (perform an act, usually with a negative connotation)

rampage (act violently, recklessly, or destructively)

contend; cope; deal; get by; grapple; make do; make out; manage (come to terms or deal successfully with)

dare (to be courageous enough to try or do something)

court (engage in social activities leading to marriage)

court; romance; solicit; woo (make amorous advances towards)

assay; attempt; essay; seek; try (make an effort or attempt)

behave; comport (behave well or properly)

acquit; bear; behave; carry; comport; conduct; deport (behave in a certain manner)

condescend; lower oneself; stoop (debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way)

misbehave; misconduct; misdemean (behave badly)

participate; take part (share in something)

approach; go about; set about (begin to deal with)

condescend; deign; descend (do something that one considers to be below one's dignity)

condescend (behave in a patronizing and condescending manner)

continue (continue after an interruption)

do well; had best (act in one's own or everybody's best interest)

continue; go along; go on; keep; proceed (continue a certain state, condition, or activity)

hold back; hold off; wait (wait before acting)

go off at half-cock; go off half-cocked (act prematurely or without reflection or too soon)

begin; start (begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object)

guard (take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence)

take (carry out)

play (behave in a certain way)

sneak (put, bring, or take in a secretive or furtive manner)

surprise (come upon or take unawares)

repeat; take over (do over)

make a point; make sure (make a point of doing something; act purposefully and intentionally)

stampede (act, usually en masse, hurriedly or on an impulse)

act superior; lord it over; put on airs; queen it over (act like the master of)

take care (be careful, prudent, or watchful)

continue; persist in (do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop)

dally; flirt; play; toy (behave carelessly or indifferently)

get around to (do something despite obstacles such as lack of time)

race (to work as fast as possible towards a goal, sometimes in competition with others)

evade (practice evasion)

dispatch (dispose of rapidly and without delay and efficiently)

maneuver; manoeuver; manoeuvre (act in order to achieve a certain goal)

satisfice; staisfise (decide on and pursue a course of action satisfying the minimum requirements to achieve a goal)

pay back; repay; reward (act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions)

come forward; come out; come to the fore; step forward; step to the fore; step up (make oneself visible; take action)

create (pursue a creative activity; be engaged in a creative activity)

force (do forcibly; exert force)

aggress; attack (take the initiative and go on the offensive)

go ahead; plow ahead (proceed (with a plan of action))

react; respond (show a response or a reaction to something)

disturb; interrupt (destroy the peace or tranquility of)

festinate; hasten; hurry; look sharp; rush (act or move at high speed)

end up; fetch up; finish; finish up; land up; wind up (finally be or do something)

alternate; take turns (do something in turns)

use (habitually do something (use only in the past tense))

play it by ear (decide on one's actions as one goes along, depending on the situation)

play (act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome)

offer; volunteer (agree freely)

coact (act together, as of organisms)

take time by the forelock (act quickly and decisively; not let slip an opportunity)

oppose; react (act against or in opposition to)

interact (act together or towards others or with others)

act on (regulate one's behavior in accordance with certain information, ideas, or advice)

engage; prosecute; pursue (carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in)

dare; make bold; presume (take upon oneself; act presumptuously, without permission)

perform (perform a function)

deal (take action with respect to (someone or something))

partner (act as a partner)

exert (make a great effort at a mental or physical task)

egotrip (act in a way that attracts attention)

reciprocate (act, feel, or give mutually or in return)

go; move; proceed (follow a procedure or take a course)

come close (nearly do something)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sense 9move [BACK TO TOP]


Have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling


impress; strike; affect; move

Context examples:

This child impressed me as unusually mature / This behavior struck me as odd


experience; feel (undergo an emotional sensation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "move"):

pierce (move or affect (a person's emotions or bodily feelings) deeply or sharply)

impress (impress positively)

sweep away; sweep off (overwhelm emotionally)

disturb; trouble; upset (move deeply)

stir; touch (affect emotionally)

move (arouse sympathy or compassion in)

sadden (make unhappy)

alienate (make withdrawn or isolated or emotionally dissociated)

cloud (make gloomy or depressed)

smite (affect suddenly with deep feeling)

hit home; strike a chord; strike a note; strike home (refer to or be relevant or familiar to)

infect (affect in a contagious way)

surprise (cause to be surprised)

impress; ingrain; instill (produce or try to produce a vivid impression of)

awaken (make aware)

engrave (impress or affect deeply)

strike dumb (render speechless, as by surprising or shocking)

zap (strike suddenly and with force)

jar (affect in a disagreeable way)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

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

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Give an incentive for action

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing


prompt; motivate; incite; actuate; propel; move

Context example:

This moved me to sacrifice my career

Hypernyms (to "move" is one way to...):

cause; do; make (give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They move him to write the letter

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Arouse sympathy or compassion in

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context example:

Her fate moved us all

Hypernyms (to "move" is one way to...):

affect; impress; move; strike (have an emotional or cognitive impact upon)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sense 12move [BACK TO TOP]


Dispose of by selling

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

The chairman of the company told the salesmen to move the computers

Hypernyms (to "move" is one way to...):

sell (exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sense 13move [BACK TO TOP]


Progress by being changed

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.


move; go; run

Context examples:

The speech has to go through several more drafts / run through your presentation before the meeting

Hypernyms (to "move" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP

Sense 14move [BACK TO TOP]


Live one's life in a specified environment

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

she moves in certain circles only

Hypernyms (to "move" is one way to...):

live (lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP

Sense 15move [BACK TO TOP]


Have a turn; make one's move in a game

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities


move; go

Context example:

Can I go now?

"Move" entails doing...:

play (participate in games or sport)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "move"):

check (decline to initiate betting)

maneuver; manoeuver; manoeuvre; operate (perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense)

ruff; trump (play a trump)

cast; draw (choose at random)

open (make the opening move)

serve (put the ball into play)

castle (move the king two squares toward a rook and in the same move the rook to the square next past the king)

stalemate (subject to a stalemate)

bluff; bluff out (deceive an opponent by a bold bet on an inferior hand with the result that the opponent withdraws a winning hand)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue move

Sense 16move [BACK TO TOP]


Propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


make a motion; move

Hypernyms (to "move" is one way to...):

advise; propose; suggest (make a proposal, declare a plan for something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s on something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

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"He who studies does not waste his time." (Corsican proverb)

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