Synonyms of move


1. move, decision, determination, conclusion

usage: the act of deciding to do something; "he didn't make a move to help"; "his first move was to hire a lawyer"

2. move, relocation, change

usage: the act of changing your residence or place of business; "they say that three moves equal one fire"

3. motion, movement, move, motility, change

usage: 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"

4. motion, movement, move, change

usage: the act of changing 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"

5. move, turn, play

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


1. travel, go, move, locomote

usage: change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "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"; "news travelled fast"

2. move, displace

usage: 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"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

3. move

usage: move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"

4. move

usage: change residence, affiliation, or place of employment; "We moved from Idaho to Nebraska"; "The basketball player moved from one team to another"

5. go, proceed, move, act, move

usage: 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"

6. be active, move

usage: be in a state of action; "she is always moving"

7. move, change, alter, vary

usage: go or proceed from one point to another; "the debate moved from family values to the economy"

8. act, move

usage: 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"

9. affect, impress, move, strike

usage: have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"

10. motivate, actuate, propel, move, prompt, incite, cause, do, make

usage: give an incentive for action; "This moved me to sacrifice my career"

11. move, affect, impress, move, strike

usage: arouse sympathy or compassion in; "Her fate moved us all"

12. move, sell

usage: dispose of by selling; "The chairman of the company told the salesmen to move the computers"

13. move, go, run, change

usage: progress by being changed; "The speech has to go through several more drafts"; "run through your presentation before the meeting"

14. move, live

usage: live one's life in a specified environment; "she moves in certain circles only"

15. move, go

usage: have a turn; make one's move in a game; "Can I go now?"

16. move, make a motion, propose, suggest, advise

usage: propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting

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Definition and meaning of move (Dictionary)