General English

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  • verb to change position, or change the place of something


  • verb to propose formally that a motion be accepted by a meeting


  • verb to go from one place to another
  • verb to be sold, or to sell


  • verb (of the bowler, especially a fast or medium-pace bowler) to make the ball deviate laterally, either during its flight (‘move the ball in the air’) or after it pitches (‘move the ball off the pitch’ or ‘off the seam’)
    Citation ‘A superb fast bowler with a classically flowing action and fundamental hatred of batsmen, he had the capacity to move the ball either way in the air’ (John Arlott on Dennis Lillee, Guardian 5 January 1984)
    Citation ‘John, moving the ball off the pitch, was a consistent danger’ (Dick Brittenden, Cricketer May 1983)
  • verb (of the ball, especially a fast or medium-pace ball) to deviate laterally, either during its flight or after it pitches
    Citation ‘Richardson … was surprised by the behaviour of the wicket. The ball moved around appreciably for the three seamers’ (Vic Marks, Cricketer May 1994)
    Citation ‘They have regularly come unstuck in arenas where their technique against the moving ball was put to the test’ (Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, Cricinfo Magazine August 2006)


  • The relocation of data, files, programs or the like.
  • A deprecated synonym for copy (2).


  • verb to make an application to the court


  • verb to change from one place to another, or change something from one place to another


  • verb to ask a meeting to vote on a proposal

Origin & History of “move”

Move comes via Anglo-Norman mover from Latin movēre ‘move’, which was related to Sanskrit mīv- ‘push, press’. Derivatives of the Latin verb have been a rich source of English vocabulary, including emotion, moment, motion, motor, and mutiny.