Definitions for: Move


[n] the act of deciding to do something; "he didn't make a move to help"; "his first move was to hire a lawyer"
[n] (games) a player's turn to move a piece or take some other permitted action
[n] the act of changing your residence or place of business; "they say that three moves equal one fire"
[n] the act of changing your 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"
[n] 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"
[v] be in a state of action; "she is always moving"
[v] go or proceed from one point to another; "the debate moved from family values to the economy"
[v] progress by being changed; "The speech has to go through several more drafts"; "run through your presentation before the meeting"
[v] propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting
[v] have a turn; make one's move in a game; "Can I go now?"
[v] give an incentive for action; "This moved me to sacrifice my career"
[v] have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
[v] arouse sympathy or compassion in; "Her fate moved us all"
[v] move so as to change position, as of a body part (nontranslational motion); "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] change residence, affiliation, or place of employment; "We moved from Idaho to Nebraska"; "The basketball player moved from one team to another"
[v] dispose of by selling; "The chairman of the company told the salesmen to move the computers"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] live one's life in a specified environment; "she moves in certain circles only"



Webster (1913) Definition: Move, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Moved; p. pr. & vb. n.
Moving.] [OE. moven, OF. moveir, F. mouvoir, L. movere; cf.
Gr. ? to change, exchange, go in or out, quit, Skr. m[=i]v,
p. p. m[=u]ta, to move, push. Cf. Emotion, Mew to molt,
Mob, Mutable, Mutiny.]
1. 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.

2. (Chess, Checkers, etc.) 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.



3. To excite to action by the presentation of motives; to
rouse by representation, persuasion, or appeal; to
influence.

Minds desirous of revenge were not moved with gold.
--Knolles.

No female arts his mind could move. --Dryden.

4. To arouse the feelings or passions of; especially, to
excite to tenderness or compassion; to touch pathetically;
to excite, as an emotion. --Shak.

When he saw the multitudes, he was moved with
compassion on them. --Matt. ix.
36.

[The use of images] in orations and poetry is to
move pity or terror. --Felton.

5. 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.

Let me but move one question to your daughter.
--Shak.

They are to be blamed alike who move and who decline
war upon particular respects. --Hayward.

6. To apply to, as for aid. [Obs.] --Shak.

Syn: To stir; agitate; trouble; affect; persuade; influence;
actuate; impel; rouse; prompt; instigate; incite;
induce; incline; propose; offer.


Move, v. i.
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.

The foundations also of the hills moved and were
shaken, because he was wroth. --Ps. xviii.
7.

On the green bank I sat and listened long, . . . Nor
till her lay was ended could I move. --Dryden.

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.

4. (Chess, Checkers, etc.) To change the place of a piece in
accordance with the rules of the game.


Move, n.
1. The act of moving; a movement.

2. (Chess, Checkers, etc.) The act of moving one of the
pieces, from one position to another, in the progress of
the game.

3. An act for the attainment of an object; a step in the
execution of a plan or purpose.

To make a move.
(a) To take some action.
(b) To move a piece, as in a game.

To be on the move, to bustle or stir about. [Colloq.]

Synonyms: act, actuate, affect, be active, go, go, go, impress, incite, locomote, make a motion, motility, motion, motivate, movement, prompt, propel, relocation, run, strike, travel

Antonyms: forbear, refrain, repose, rest, stand still, stay, stay in place, stay put, stick, stick around

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