The word ‘move‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to make progress or go in a specific direction.

For example:

  • The project is moving forward at a satisfactory rate. (make progress)
  • Harry moved closser to Sally. (specific direction)

Move is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is moved. If you struggle to pronounce past tense regular verbs, click here for some guidance.

phrasal verbs with move

Phrasal verbs with ‘move’ include:

  • move ahead     
    meaning – advance
    example – The government are moving ahead with the plan to demolish the hospital.
  • move along 
    meaning – progress at a satisfactory rate or tell someone to move
    example – The renovations are moving along nicely. We should be in our dream home by February.
  • move away
    meaning – leave the place where you live
    example – The love of my life has moved away, I’ll never see him again.
  • move down   
    meaning – move to a lower level
    example – City have lost 3 games on the trot. They’ve moved down 8 places.
  • move in
    meaning – start living in a place
    example – I’m moving in with my boyfriend next week.
  • move in on 
    meaning – get closer to attack or takeover
    example – Nancy is single, I’m going to move in on her before anybody else does.
  • move on
    meaning – change your job, move people from a place
    example – The police moved the protesters on.
  • move out 
    meaning – leave the building you live in
    example – I’ve moved out of my mum’s house and into a flat of my own.
  • move towards  
    meaning – get closer to or preparing for something
    example – We are moving towards having a paperless office.
  • move up
    meaning – move to make space or move to a higher level
    example – I got over 90% in my test so, I moved up to the top set.

picture examples

phrasal verbs with move

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘move’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with move ahead - move
phrasal verbs with move - move along
phrasal verbs with move - move away
phrasal verbs with move - move down
phrasal verbs with move with pictures - move in on
phrasal verbs with move with pictures- move in
phrasal verbs with move with pictures- move on
phrasal verbs with move with pictures- move out
phrasal verbs with move with pictures - move towards
phrasal verbs with move - move up with pictures

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with move below.

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.


Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with move, how about learning the idioms with move too?

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