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moved Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
    go; travel; move; locomote.
    • 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. verb cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
    move; displace.
    • 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. verb move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
    • He moved his hand slightly to the right
  4. verb change residence, affiliation, or place of employment
    • We moved from Idaho to Nebraska
    • The basketball player moved from one team to another
  5. verb follow a procedure or take a course
    go; move; proceed.
    • 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. verb be in a state of action
    move; be active.
    • she is always moving
  7. verb go or proceed from one point to another
    • the debate moved from family values to the economy
  8. verb perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
    move; act.
    • 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. verb have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
    strike; affect; move; impress.
    • This child impressed me as unusually mature
    • This behavior struck me as odd
  10. verb give an incentive for action
    motivate; prompt; propel; incite; move; actuate.
    • This moved me to sacrifice my career
  11. verb arouse sympathy or compassion in
    • Her fate moved us all
  12. verb dispose of by selling
    • The chairman of the company told the salesmen to move the computers
  13. verb progress by being changed
    go; move; run.
    • The speech has to go through several more drafts
    • run through your presentation before the meeting
  14. verb live one's life in a specified environment
    • she moves in certain circles only
  15. verb have a turn; make one's move in a game
    go; move.
    • Can I go now?
  16. verb propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting
    make a motion; move.
  17. adjective being excited or provoked to the expression of an emotion
    affected; stirred; touched.
    • too moved to speak
    • very touched by the stranger's kindness

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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