(noun, verb)


1. the act of deciding to do something

- he didn't make a move to help

- his first move was to hire a lawyer

Definition categories: act, conclusion, decision, determination

2. the act of changing your residence or place of business

- they say that three moves equal one fire

Similar word(s): relocation

Definition categories: act, change

3. a change of position that does not entail a change of location

- movement is a sign of life

- an impatient move of his hand

Similar word(s): motility, motion, movement

Definition categories: act, change

4. 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

Similar word(s): motion, movement

Definition categories: act, change

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

Definition categories: act, play, turn

Sentences with move as a noun:

- A slight move of the tiller, and the boat will go off course.

- He made another move towards becoming a naturalized citizen.

- She always gets spontaneous applause for that one move.

- He can win a match with that one move.

- The move into my fiancé's house took two long days.

- They were pleased about their move to the country.

- 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.

- 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.


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

- The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell

Similar word(s): go, locomote, travel

Definition categories: motion

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

- Move those boxes into the corner, please

- The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant

Similar word(s): displace

Definition categories: motion

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

- He moved his hand slightly to the right

Definition categories: motion

4. change residence, affiliation, or place of employment

- We moved from Idaho to Nebraska

- The basketball player moved from one team to another

Definition categories: motion

5. follow a procedure or take a course

Similar word(s): go, proceed

Definition categories: social, act, move

6. be in a state of action

Definition categories: body

7. go or proceed from one point to another

- the debate moved from family values to the economy

Definition categories: change, alter, vary

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

- We must move quickly

Similar word(s): act

Definition categories: social

9. have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

Similar word(s): affect, impress, strike

Definition categories: emotion

10. give an incentive for action

- This moved me to sacrifice my career

Similar word(s): actuate, incite, motivate, prompt, propel

Definition categories: creation, cause, do, make

11. arouse sympathy or compassion in

- Her fate moved us all

Definition categories: emotion, affect, impress, move, strike

12. dispose of by selling

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

Definition categories: possession, sell

13. progress by being changed

Similar word(s): go, run

Definition categories: change

14. live one's life in a specified environment

- she moves in certain circles only

Definition categories: social, live

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

Similar word(s): go

Definition categories: competition

16. propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting

Definition categories: communication, advise, propose, suggest

Sentences with move as a verb:

- A ship moves rapidly.

- I was sitting on the sofa for a long time, I was too lazy to move.

- to move in a matter

- Come on guys, let's move: there's work to do!

- I decided to move to the country for a more peaceful life.

- They moved closer to work to cut down commuting time.

- The rook moved from a8 to a6.

- The waves moved the boat up and down.

- The horse moves a carriage.

- She moved the queen closer to the centre of the board.

- This song moves me to dance.

- That book really moved me.

- I move to repeal the rule regarding obligatory school uniform.