Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 Oxford University Press:
- 1 go in a specified direction or manner.■ change the position or place of.■ (move up) adjust one’s position to be nearer to or make room for someone else.
- 2 change one’s place of residence.■ (move in or out) start (or cease) living or working in a place.
- 3 change or cause to change from one state, opinion, or activity to another.■ make progress: they are anxious to get things moving.
- 4 take or cause to take action.
- 5 arouse a strong feeling, especially of sorrow or sympathy, in (someone).
- 6 (move in/within) be socially active in (a sphere) or among (a group).
- 7 propose for discussion and resolution at a meeting or legislative assembly.
- 8 (with reference to the bowels) empty or be emptied.
get a move on informal hurry up.
make a move
- 1 take action.
- 2 Brit. leave somewhere.
make a move on (or put the moves on) informal make a proposition of a sexual nature to.
Moving: it is all these things and more. For me now, on the eve of my déménagement to Chicago, it is terror. It is excitement. It is the unknown. In some ways I feel that this sensation should be lessened as, after five years, I am moving back to the country of my birth. So far it has only served to intensify things. So much more significance has been placed on this move.
- Now you’ll settle down and figure out what you’re going to ‘do’ with your life.
- Now you need to pick sides concerning religion and politics.
- Now you’ll think about finding a husband.
- Now you need to make money.
- Now you’ve returned.
Have I returned? Am I “making progress?” Am I being “socially active” within a new group of old friends? Back because I was “moved” by struggles of family members I dearly love? Can I “move up” in a world of stressful careers that I dread and feel completely unprepared for?
Whatever this is, the definition that screams loudest in my head is: GET. A. MOVE. ON. which for the moment I am choosing to interpret as: DANCE. YOUR. ASS. OFF.
“Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil. My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes may be within my control, shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth.” Nathaniel Hawthorne