on the move

on the move
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on, awn stressed th ee moov]
    • /ɒn, ɔn stressed ði muv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on, awn stressed th ee moov]
    • /ɒn, ɔn stressed ði muv/

Definitions of on the move words

  • verb without object on the move to pass from one place or position to another. 1
  • verb without object on the move to go from one place of residence to another: They moved from Tennessee to Texas. 1
  • verb without object on the move to advance or progress: The red racing car moved into the lead. 1
  • verb without object on the move to have a regular motion, as an implement or a machine; turn; revolve. 1
  • verb without object on the move to sell or be sold: That new model is moving well. 1
  • verb without object on the move to start off or leave: It's time to be moving. 1

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Origin of on the move

First appearance:

before 1200
One of the 9% oldest English words
1200-50; Middle English meven, moven < Anglo-French mover ≪ Latin movēre

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for On the move


on the move popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

on the move usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for on the move

adj on the move

  • fireballSir Charles George Douglas, 1860–1943, Canadian poet and novelist.
  • hard-working — industrious; zealous: a hardworking family man.
  • hyper — overexcited; overstimulated; keyed up.
  • migrational — the process or act of migrating.
  • active — Someone who is active moves around a lot or does a lot of things.

adjective on the move

  • emigrating — Present participle of emigrate.
  • enlivened — Simple past tense and past participle of enliven.
  • gypsy — a member of a nomadic, Caucasoid people of generally swarthy complexion, who migrated originally from India, settling in various parts of Asia, Europe, and, most recently, North America.
  • immigrant — a person who migrates to another country, usually for permanent residence.
  • immigrating — Present participle of immigrate.

adverb on the move

  • energetic — Showing or involving great activity or vitality.
  • humming — making a droning sound; buzzing.
  • lively — eventful, stirring, or exciting: The opposition gave us a lively time.
  • moving — capable of or having movement: a moving object.

Antonyms for on the move

adjective on the move

  • abeyant — temporarily inactive, stopped, or suspended.
  • becalmed — If a sailing ship is becalmed, it is unable to move because there is no wind.

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