1 repositioning, move, motion, relocation, moving, migration, shift, transfer, flow, displacement:
Population movement increased dramatically in the Middle Ages.
2 action, activity, move, moving, stir, stirring:
There was a sudden movement in the bushes.
3 gesture, gesticulation, move, flicker, sign, signal; manoeuvre, change of attitude or position:
Only the slightest upward movement of his eyebrow indicated his surprise. Every little movement has a meaning all its own
4 mechanism, works, workings, moving parts, machinery, action, gears, Colloq innards:
Technically, the movement of a watch does not include the escapement.
5 campaign, crusade, drive; front, faction, party, group, wing:
The 1960s saw many successes for the civil rights' movement in America
6 change, activity, action, shift, advance or decline, increase or decrease, upward or downward movement, stirring; development, progress:
Shares displayed little movement in today's trading.
7 drift, trend, tendency, course, swing:
They have noted a growing movement towards religious fundamentalism.
1 act of moving
big | little, slight, small, tiny
The eyes of predators are highly sensitive to the slightest movement.
| quick, rapid, swift | gentle, slow | easy, graceful, smooth
She mounted the horse in one easy movement.
The refrigerator unit has rubber wheels for easy movement.
| jerky | sudden | deft | controlled | free
the free movement of goods in Europe
| involuntary | random | constant, continuous | repetitive | rhythmic | backward, downward, forward, lateral, sideways, upward | body | eye, hand, etc. | dance | currency, price
the volatility of currency movements in the foreign exchange markets
| troop | pincer
The army surrounded the town in a pincer movement.
VERB + MOVEMENT
He made a slight movement with his right hand. Hydraulic jacks under the machine produce the movement.
clothing that allows easy movement
| control, direct
As infants grow they become better able to direct their own movements.
an initiative to facilitate the movement of labour in the EU
| restrict | prevent
The striking farmers threatened to prevent the movement of goods across the country.
She sensed a movement in the dark beneath the stairs.
They are monitoring the movement of animals in and out of the country.
| follow, watch ~s
The police are following the suspect's movements very closely.
| trace ~s
The police have traced her movements to the time of her death.
MOVEMENT + VERB
Some movement in the building will occur as it settles into the subsoil.
| catch your eye
A movement caught his eye in the tangled undergrowth.
in a ~
She kicked down the door in one swift movement.
| ~ away from, ~ from, ~ to
movement from one level to the next
| ~ towards
(figurative) Recently there's been a movement (= a change in attitude)away from tinned food towards fresh food.
the direction/rate/speed of movement, freedom of movement
The government's decree allowed freedom of movement for all citizens.
| the movement of capital/goods/labour, a sense of movement
(figurative) His music has a real sense of movement.
2 group of people
radical | mass, popular | organized
The country has a well organized labour movement.
| international, national | artistic, literary | avant-garde | Modern, Romantic, etc.
Both architects were part of the Modern Movement.
| political | protest | anti-nuclear, anti-war, etc. | peace | reform | civil/human rights | independence, liberation, opposition, resistance, revolutionary, separatist | democracy/pro-democracy, democratic, fascist, nationalist | labour, trade union | feminist, gay | consumer, student, women's, working-class, youth, etc. | ecumenical | scout | suffragette
VERB + MOVEMENT
create, establish, launch, set up, start (up)
She started a movement for agricultural reform.
| join, support | be involved in, be part of | lead | direct
a protest movement directed against exploitative trade practices
| suppress | ban, outlaw
MOVEMENT + VERB
begin, emerge (out of sth)
The movement emerged out of concern for human rights abuses.
| develop, gain/gather strength
The movement gained strength during the 1970s.
| reach a peak
The student movement reached its peak in 1968.
| lose strength
a mass movement against the dictatorship
| ~ for
He launched a movement for children's rights.
| a leader/member of a movement, the rise of a movement
the rise of the labour movement in France
3 part of a long piece of music
first, opening | second, etc. | final, last
the last movement of Brahms's Fourth Symphony
| slow | fast
VERB + MOVEMENT
in (the) … ~
a symphony in four movements There is a cello solo in the second movement.
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