move in



noun use of verb phrase move in Unabridged


verb (used without object), moved, moving.
to pass from one place or position to another.
to go from one place of residence to another: They moved from Tennessee to Texas.
to advance or progress: The red racing car moved into the lead.
to have a regular motion, as an implement or a machine; turn; revolve.
to sell or be sold: That new model is moving well.
to start off or leave: It's time to be moving.
to transfer a piece in a game, as chess or checkers.
(of the bowels) to discharge or eject the feces; evacuate.
to be active in a particular sphere: to move in musical society.
to take action; proceed.
to make a formal request, application, or proposal: to move for a new trial.
verb (used with object), moved, moving.
to change from one place or position to another.
to set or keep in motion.
to prompt, actuate, or impel to some action: What moved you to do this?
to arouse or excite the feelings or passions of; affect with emotion (usually followed by to ): to move someone to anger.
to affect with tender or compassionate emotion; touch: The tale of tragedy moved her.
to transfer (a piece in a game) from one position to another.
to dispose of (goods) by sale.
to cause (the bowels) to discharge or eject the feces.
to propose formally, as to a court or judge, or for consideration by a deliberative assembly.
to submit a formal request or proposal to (a court, a sovereign, etc.).
an act or instance of moving; movement.
a change of location or residence.
an action toward an objective or goal; step: a move toward a higher tax.
(in chess, checkers, etc.) a player's right or turn to make a play.
a play or maneuver, as in a game or sport.
Verb phrases
move in, to begin to occupy a place in which to live or work.
move in on, Informal.
to approach or make advances toward usurping another's success, authority, position, or the like.
to take aggressive steps to control or possess: The company has not yet moved in on the consumer market.
move on, to approach or attack as a military target: The army is moving on the capital itself.
move out, to leave a place in order to start or continue a planned march, maneuver, journey, etc.: The troops will move out of the encampment at dawn.
move over, to change or cause to change to another position, especially to make room for another: to make space by moving over.
move up, to advance to a higher level.
get a move on, Informal.
to begin; act: We'd better get a move on before it rains.
to hurry; hasten.
make one's move, Informal. to act, especially to assert oneself at an opportune time.
on the move,
busy; active: on the move from morning till night.
going from place to place: Infantry units have been on the move all day.
advancing; progressing: an industry on the move.
put moves on, Slang. to make sexual advances toward. Also, make a move on.

1200–50; Middle English meven, moven < Anglo-French moverLatin movēre

countermove, noun
countermove, verb, countermoved, countermoving.
outmove, verb (used with object), outmoved, outmoving.
unmoved, adjective

1. stir, budge. See advance. 2. remove. 4. spin, gyrate, rotate, operate. 12. shift, transfer; propel. 13. agitate. 14. influence, induce, incite, instigate, lead. 22. See motion.

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move (muːv)
vb (when tr, often takes a clause as object; when intr, often foll by for)
1.  to go or take from one place to another; change in location or position
2.  (usually intr) to change (one's dwelling, place of business, etc)
3.  to be or cause to be in motion; stir
4.  (intr) (of machines, etc) to work or operate
5.  (tr) to cause (to do something); prompt
6.  (intr) to begin to act: move soon or we'll lose the order
7.  (intr) to associate oneself with a specified social circle: to move in exalted spheres
8.  (intr) to make progress
9.  (tr) to arouse affection, pity, or compassion in; touch
10.  (in board games) to change the position of (a piece) or (of a piece) to change position
11.  (intr) (of merchandise) to be disposed of by being bought
12.  to suggest (a proposal) formally, as in debating or parliamentary procedure
13.  (intr; usually foll by on or along) to go away or to another place; leave
14.  to cause (the bowels) to evacuate or (of the bowels) to be evacuated
15.  informal (intr) to be exciting or active: the party started moving at twelve
16.  move heaven and earth to take every step possible (to achieve something)
17.  the act of moving; movement
18.  one of a sequence of actions, usually part of a plan; manoeuvre
19.  the act of moving one's residence, place of business, etc
20.  in board games
 a.  a player's turn to move his piece or take other permitted action
 b.  a permitted manoeuvre of a piece
21.  informal get a move on
 a.  to get started
 b.  to hurry up
22.  informal (usually used with a negative) make a move to take even the slightest action: don't make a move without phoning me
23.  make one's move to commit oneself to a position or course of action
24.  on the move
 a.  travelling from place to place
 b.  advancing; succeeding
 c.  very active; busy
[C13: from Anglo-French mover, from Latin movēre]

move in
vb (often foll by on) (often foll by on)
1.  (also preposition) Also: move into to occupy or take possession of (a new residence, place of business, etc) or help (someone) to do this
2.  informal to creep close (to), as in preparing to capture
3.  informal to try to gain power or influence (over) or interfere (with)

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from Anglo-Fr. movir (O.Fr. moveir), from L. movere "move, set in motion" (pp. motus, freq. motare), from PIE base *meue- (cf., Skt. kama-muta "moved by love" and probably mivati "pushes, moves;" Lith. mauti "push on;" Gk. ameusasthai "to surpass," amyno "push away"). Meaning "to affect with
emotion" is from c.1300; that of "to prompt or impel toward some action" is from late 14c. Sense of "to change one's place of residence" is from 1707. Meaning "to propose (something) in an assembly, etc.," is first attested mid-15c. The noun in the gaming sense is from 1650s. Phrase on the move "in the process of going from one place to another" is from 1796; get a move on "hurry up" is Amer.Eng. colloquial from 1888. Related: Moved; moving.
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move in

  1. Begin to occupy a residence or working place, as in We are scheduled to move in next month, or Helen is moving in with her sister. [Late 1800s]

  2. move in on. Intrude on; also, try to take over or get control of. For example, Their sales force is moving in on our territory, or The police moved in on the gang. [Mid-1900s]

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