Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To move from one place to another.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To move from one place to another.
  • In biology, to effect a change of place: as, a medusa which locomotes toward the light.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To change location; move, travel, or proceed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To move or travel (from one location to another).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Back-formation from locomotion.]

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Back formation from locomotion.

Examples

Comments

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  • Thanks for using this verb on my profile page, mollusque. OED sez:

    intr. To move about from place to place. (Originally slang; subsequently adopted or re-invented in biological use.)

    P.S. I was able to impress a vice president with the knowledge that this is a legitimate verb. :) If I get a raise (ever), I'll send you some.

    June 13, 2009

  • The egg can be coy and just float;

    Her suitor though must locomote.

    An ambitious sperm

    Must earnestly squirm

    If ever he'll be a zygote.

    February 19, 2017