English Thesaurus
(verb) 
Definition
to change the time when something is scheduled to happen
She moved the sheaf of papers into position.
Synonyms
transfer
The person can be transferred from wheelchair to seat with relative ease.
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carry
He carried the plate through to the dining room.
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transport
There's no petrol so it's difficult to transport goods.
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switch
I'm switching to a new gas supplier.
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shift
We shifted the vans and used the area for skateboarding.
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transpose
Genetic engineers transpose bits of material from one organism to another.
(verb) 
Definition
to go or take from one place to another
She waited for him to get up, but he didn't move.
Synonyms
go
It took us an hour to go three miles.
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walk
They walked in silence for a while.
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shift
The entire pile shifted and slid, thumping onto the floor.
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proceed
She proceeded along the hallway.
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stir
The two women lay on their backs, not stirring.
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budge
I pulled and pulled but I couldn't budge it.
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make a move
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change position
(verb) 
Definition
to act or begin to act
Industrialists must move fast to take advantage of this opportunity.
Synonyms
take action
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act
I have no reason to doubt that the bank acted properly.
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do something
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take steps
They agreed to take steps to avoid confrontation.
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take the initiative
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make a move
A week before the deal, they made a move to pull out.
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get moving (informal)
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take measures
(verb) 
Definition
to start to live or work in a different place
My home is in Yorkshire and I don't want to move.
Synonyms
relocate
Should they be forced to relocate at the end of the contract?
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leave
Just pack your bags and leave.
She was not allowed to leave the country.
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remove
They removed to America.
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quit
Police were called when he refused to quit the building.
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go away
I wish he'd just go away and leave me alone.
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migrate
The farmers have to migrate if they want to survive.
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emigrate
He emigrated to Belgium.
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move house
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flit (Scottish, Northern England, dialect)
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up sticks (British, informal)
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pack your bags (informal)
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change residence
(verb) 
Definition
to change, progress, or develop in a specified way
She moved from being a researcher to being a lecturer.
Synonyms
change
We are trying to detect and understand how the climate changes.
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shift
The wind shifted and the helicopter lurched.
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convert
a handy table which converts into an ironing board
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transform
the speed at which your body transforms food into energy
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alter
They have never altered their programmes.
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diversify
Manufacturers are encouraged to diversify.
(verb) 
Definition
to change, progress, or develop in a specified way
Events are moving fast.
Synonyms
progress
He came round to see how our work was progressing.
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develop
Children develop at different rates.
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advance
The country has advanced from a rural society to an industrial power.
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make progress
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make headway
(verb) 
He made it clear he would not move on this issue.
Synonyms
change your mind
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reconsider
We want you to reconsider your decision to resign.
We urge you to reconsider.
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budge
Both sides say they will not budge.
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climb down
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do a U-turn
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back-pedal
He appeared to back-pedal on that statement.
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do an about-turn (British, informal)
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change your tune
He changed his tune, saying that the increase was experimental.
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do an aboutface
(verb) 
Definition
to cause or prompt to do something
The hearings moved me to come up with these suggestions.
Synonyms
drive
Curiosity drove me to probe into what they worked on together.
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lead
It was not as straightforward as we were led to believe.
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cause
I don't want to cause any trouble.
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influence
The conference influenced us to launch the campaign.
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persuade
the event which persuaded the United States to enter the war
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push
Her parents kept her in school and pushed her to study.
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inspire
What inspired you to change your name?
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prompt
The recession has prompted consumers to cut back on buying cars.
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stimulate
I was stimulated to examine my deepest thoughts.
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motivate
How do you motivate people to work hard and efficiently?
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induce
I would do anything to induce them to stay.
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shove
He shoved her out of the way.
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activate
video cameras that can be activated by computer
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propel
He is propelled by the need to make his family proud.
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rouse
He did more to rouse the crowd than anybody else.
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prod
a tactic to prod the government into spending more on education
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incite
He incited his fellow citizens to take revenge.
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set going
Opposites
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dissuade
(verb) 
Definition
to arouse affection, pity, or compassion in
These stories surprised and moved me.
Synonyms
touch
It has touched me deeply to see how these people live.
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affect
He loved his sister, and her loss clearly still affects him.
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excite
I only take on work that excites me.
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impress
What impressed him most was their speed.
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stir
I was intrigued by him, stirred by his intellect.
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agitate
The thought of them inheriting all these things agitated her.
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disquiet
She was obviously disquieted by the experience.
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make an impression on
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tug at your heartstrings often facetious)
10 (verb) 
Definition
to spend most of one's time with a specified social group
She moves in high society circles in London.
Synonyms
circulate
Let me get you something to drink, then I must circulate.
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mix
He mixes with people younger than himself.
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associate
They found out they'd been associating with a criminal.
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go round
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hang out (informal)
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socialize
They no longer socialized as they used to.
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keep company
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fraternize
Executives fraternized with the personnel of other banks.
11 (verb) 
Definition
to suggest a proposal formally, as in a debate
I moved that the case be dismissed.
Synonyms
propose
We are about to propose some changes to the system.
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suggest
I suggest you ask him some specific questions about his past.
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recommend
I recommend that you consult your doctor.
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advocate
They advocate fewer government controls on business.
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submit
I submit that you knew exactly what you were doing.
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put forward
12 (verb) 
Definition
to cause or prompt to do something
Synonyms
impel
I felt impelled to go on speaking.
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motivate
His hard work was motivated by a need to achieve.
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give rise to
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instigate
The violence was instigated by ex-members of the secret police.
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actuate
They were actuated by desire.
(noun) 
Definition
the act of moving
Daniel's eyes followed her every move.
Synonyms
action
He was the sort of person who didn't like his actions questioned.
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act
My insurance covers acts of sabotage.
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step
He greeted the agreement as the first step towards peace.
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movement
He could watch her every movement.
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motion
the laws governing light, sound and motion
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manoeuvre
The camp was used for military manoeuvres.
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deed
His heroic deeds were celebrated in every corner of the country.
(noun) 
Definition
one of a sequence of actions, usually part of a plan
The cut in interest rates was a wise move.
Synonyms
ploy
a cynical marketing ploy
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measure
He said stern measures would be taken against the rioters.
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trick
That was a really mean trick.
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initiative
There's talk of a new peace initiative.
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stroke
At the time, his appointment seemed a stroke of genius.
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tactic
His tactic to press on paid off.
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manoeuvre
manoeuvres to block the electoral process
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dodge
It was probably just a dodge to stop you going away.
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ruse
This was a ruse to divide them.
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gambit
They said the plan was no more than a clever political gambit.
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stratagem
a competitive stratagem to secure customer loyalty
(noun) 
Definition
the act of moving one's home or place of business
He announced his move to Montparnasse in 1909.
Synonyms
transfer
Arrange for the transfer of medical records to your new doctor.
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posting
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shift
There has been a shift of the elderly to this state.
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removal
Home removals are best done in cool weather.
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migration
the mass migration of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
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relocation
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flit (Scottish, Northern England, dialect)
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flitting (Scottish, Northern England, dialect)
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change of address
(noun) 
Definition
(in a boardgame) a manoeuvre of a piece
It's your move, chess fans tell Sports Minister.
Synonyms
turn
Let each child have a turn at fishing.
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go
Whose go is it next?
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chance
All eligible people will get a chance to vote.
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shot (informal)
He will be given a shot at the world title.
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opportunity
I was given an opportunity to bathe and shower.
I had the opportunity to go abroad and study.

idioms

See get a move on

phrase

See on the move

Additional synonyms

in the sense of act
Definition
to do something
I have no reason to doubt that the bank acted properly.
Synonyms
do something,
go about,
undertake something
in the sense of act
Definition
something done
My insurance covers acts of sabotage.
in the sense of activate
Definition
to make something active
video cameras that can be activated by computer
Synonyms
trigger (off),
turn on,
switch on,
get going,
kick-start (informal),
set in motion,
set going,

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