movement


movement
noun
1 act of moving
ADJECTIVE
big
little, slight, small, tiny

The eyes of predators are highly sensitive to the slightest movement.

quick, rapid, swift
gentle, slow
fluid, graceful, smooth

She mounted the horse in one fluid movement.

easy

The refrigerator unit has rubber wheels for easy movement.

jerky
sudden
deft
controlled
free

the free movement of goods across borders

involuntary
random
constant, continuous
repetitive
rhythmic
backward, downward, forward, lateral, rearward (esp. AmE), rotational, sideways, upward
bodily, body
eye, hand, etc.
dance
currency, price

currency movements in the foreign exchange markets

troop
pincer

The army surrounded the town in a pincer movement.

VERB + MOVEMENT
execute (formal), make, perform, produce

He made a slight movement with his right hand.

Hydraulic jacks under the machine produce the movement.

initiate

The brain is necessary to initiate movement and control balance.

allow

clothing that allows easy movement

control, coordinate, direct

As infants grow they become better able to direct their own movements.

govern, regulate

regulations governing the movement of hazardous waste

facilitate, promote

an attempt to facilitate the movement of workers across national borders

hinder, impede, inhibit, limit, restrict
slow

Blood loss and fatigue slowed their movements.

halt, stop
prevent

The striking farmers threatened to prevent the movement of goods across the country.

protest (AmE)

She winced as her muscles protested every movement.

sense

She sensed a movement in the dark beneath the stairs.

notice, spot
detect

Sensors detect movement or changes in temperature.

monitor, track

They are monitoring the movement of animals in and out of the country.

measure
copy, imitate, mimic
reverse
MOVEMENT + VERB
occur

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.

startle sb
cause sth

Any slight movement caused a sharp pain in his arm.

slow
cease
MOVEMENT + NOUN
pattern
PREPOSITION
in a movement

She kicked down the door in one swift movement.

movement away from, movement from

movement from one level to the next

movement to, movement towards/toward (figurative)

Recently there's been a movement (= a change in attitude) away from processed food towards/toward fresh food.

PHRASES
the direction of movement, the rate of movement, the speed of movement
freedom of movement

The decree allowed freedom of movement for all citizens.

the movement of capital, the movement of goods, the movement of labour/labor
a sense of movement (figurative)

His music has a real sense of movement.

2 movements person's activities
ADJECTIVE
troop
VERB + MOVEMENTS
follow, observe, study, watch

The police are watching the suspect's movements very closely.

trace

The police have traced her movements to the time of her death.

synchronize
3 group of people
ADJECTIVE
radical
mass, popular, populist
burgeoning, growing, nascent
organized

The country has a well-organized consumer movement.

international, national
artistic, literary
avant-garde
Modern, Romantic, etc.

Both architects were part of the Modern Movement.

environmental, political, religious, social
feminist, women's
protest
anti-globalization, anti-nuclear, anti-war, etc.
peace
abolitionist
temperance
anti-abortion, pro-life
pro-choice
reform
civil rights, gay rights, human rights, suffrage
independence, liberation, opposition, resistance, revolutionary, secessionist, separatist
guerrilla
militant
conservative, democracy, democratic, fascist, nationalist, pro-democracy, socialist
labour/labor, trade-union (BrE)
consumer, student, working-class, youth, etc.
grass-roots
ecumenical, evangelical, fundamentalist, Islamic, Islamist, Zionist, etc.
VERB + MOVEMENT
create, establish, found, launch, set up, start, start up

She started a movement for agricultural reform.

orchestrate, organize
join
embrace, support
promote
oppose
be involved in, be part of
lead, spearhead
direct

a protest movement directed against exploitative trade practices

spark

Ethical concerns can spark a mass movement.

drive, energize, fuel

the optimism which fuels the environmental movement

galvanize, strengthen
influence

the philosophical writers who have influenced the movement

suppress
MOVEMENT + VERB
arise, begin, emerge (out of sth), spring up

The movement emerged out of concern for human rights abuses.

develop, gain strength, gather momentum, grow

The movement gained strength during the 1970s.

peak, reach a peak

The student movement reached its peak in 1968.

succeed
be aimed at doing sth, focus on sth, seek sth
challenge sth
PREPOSITION
movement against

a mass movement against the dictatorship

movement for

He launched a movement for children's rights.

PHRASES
the leader of a movement, a member of a movement
the rise of a movement

the rise of the peace movement in the US

4 part of a long piece of music
ADJECTIVE
first, opening
second, etc.
final, last

the last movement of Brahms's fourth symphony

slow
VERB + MOVEMENT
perform, play
PREPOSITION
in a movement

There is a cello solo in the second movement.

in … movements

a symphony in five movements


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