I. verb (moved; moving) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French mover, moveir, from Latin movēre; probably akin to Sanskrit mīvati he moves, pushes Date: 13th century intransitive verb 1. a. (1) to go or pass to another place or in a certain direction with a continuous motion <
moved into the shade
(2) to proceed toward a certain state or condition <
moving up the executive ladder
moved into second place
(3) to become transferred during play <
checkers move along diagonally adjacent squares
(4) to keep pace <
moving with the times
b. to start away from some point or place ; depart c. to change one's residence or location 2. to carry on one's life or activities in a specified environment <
moves in the best circles
3. to change position or posture ; stir <
ordered him not to move
4. to take action ; act 5. a. to begin operating or functioning or working in a usual way b. to show marked activity <
after a lull things really began to move
c. to move a piece (as in chess or checkers) during one's turn 6. to make a formal request, application, or appeal 7. to change hands by being sold or rented <
goods that moved slowly
8. of the bowels evacuate transitive verb 1. a. (1) to change the place or position of (2) to dislodge or displace from a fixed position ; budge b. to transfer (as a piece in chess) from one position to another 2. a. (1) to cause to go or pass from one place to another with a continuous motion <
move the flag slowly up and down
(2) to cause to advance b. to cause to operate or function ; actuate <
this button moves the whole machine
c. to put into activity or rouse up from inactivity 3. to cause to change position or posture 4. to prompt or rouse to the doing of something ; persuade <
the report moved us to take action
5. a. to stir the emotions, feelings, or passions of <
deeply moved by such kindness
b. to affect in such a way as to lead to an indicated show of emotion <
the story moved her to tears
6. a. obsolete beg b. to make a formal application to 7. to propose formally in a deliberative assembly <
moved the adjournment motion
8. to cause (the bowels) to void 9. to cause to change hands through sale or rent Synonyms: move, actuate, drive, impel mean to set or keep in motion. move is very general and implies no more than the fact of changing position <
moved the furniture
. actuate stresses transmission of power so as to work or set in motion <
turbines actuated by waterpower
. drive implies imparting forward and continuous motion and often stresses the effect rather than the impetus <
a ship driven aground by hurricane winds
. impel is usually figurative and suggests a great motivating impetus <
a candidate impelled by ambition
. II. noun Date: 1656 1. a. the act of moving a piece (as in chess) b. the turn of a player to move 2. a. a step taken especially to gain an objective ; maneuver <
a move to end the dispute
retiring early was a smart move
b. the action of moving from a motionless position c. one of a pattern of dance steps d. a change of residence or location e. an agile or deceptive action especially in sports

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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