Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To change in position from one point to another.
  • intransitive verb To follow a specified course.
  • intransitive verb To change posture or position; stir.
  • intransitive verb To start off; depart.
  • intransitive verb Games To change position on a board in a board game.
  • intransitive verb To go from one residence or location to another; relocate.
  • intransitive verb Linguistics To be copied or moved by means of a movement transformation to a new position in syntactic structure.
  • intransitive verb To progress in sequence; go forward.
  • intransitive verb To progress toward a particular state or condition.
  • intransitive verb To be disposed of by sale.
  • intransitive verb To be put in motion or to turn according to a prescribed motion. Used of machinery.
  • intransitive verb To exhibit great activity or energy.
  • intransitive verb To initiate an action; act.
  • intransitive verb To be active in a particular environment.
  • intransitive verb To stir the emotions.
  • intransitive verb To make a formal motion in parliamentary procedure.
  • intransitive verb To evacuate. Used of the bowels.
  • intransitive verb To change the place or position of.
  • intransitive verb To cause to go from one place to another.
  • intransitive verb Games To change (a piece) from one position to another in a board game.
  • intransitive verb To change the course of.
  • intransitive verb To cause to progress or advance.
  • intransitive verb To dislodge from a fixed point of view, as by persuasion.
  • intransitive verb To prompt to action; rouse.
  • intransitive verb To arouse the emotions of; affect or stir.
  • intransitive verb To cause to function.
  • intransitive verb To cause to progress or advance.
  • intransitive verb To propose or request in formal parliamentary procedure.
  • intransitive verb To make formal application to (a court, for example).
  • intransitive verb To dispose of by sale.
  • intransitive verb To cause (the bowels) to evacuate.
  • noun The act or an instance of moving.
  • noun A particular manner of moving.
  • noun A change of residence or location.
  • noun An act of transferring a piece from one position to another in board games.
  • noun The prescribed manner in which a piece may be played.
  • noun A participant's turn to make a play.
  • noun An action taken to achieve an objective; a maneuver.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English moven, from Old French movoir, from Latin movēre; see meuə- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English moven, moeven, meven, from Anglo-Norman mover, moveir and Old French mouver, moveir ("to move") (compare modern French mouvoir from Old French movoir), from Latin movēre, present active infinitive of moveō ("move; change, exchange, go in or out, quit"), from Proto-Indo-European *meue-, *(a)mewǝ-, *mwō- (“to move, drive”). Cognate with Lithuanian mauti ("to push on, rush"), Sanskrit  (mīvati, "pushes, presses, moves"), Middle Dutch mouwe ("sleeve"). More at muff.

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