From Vulgar Latin *movĕre, from Latin movēre (to move), from Proto-Indo-European *mew- (to move).


  • IPA(key): /ˈmwɔ
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔvere
  • Hyphenation: muò‧ve‧re


muòvere (first-person singular present muòvo, first-person singular past historic mòssi, past participle mòsso, auxiliary (transitive or intransitive) avére or (alternatively when intransitive) èssere)

  1. (transitive) to move
    Antonym: fermare
    • 1633, Galileo Galilei:
      Eppur si muove.
      And yet it moves.
  2. (transitive) to initiate (a hostile action, war, criticism, etc.)
  3. (transitive, rare) to operate (a mechanism)
  4. (transitive, figuratively, literary) to move emotionally
  5. (intransitive) to move (in chess or checkers) [auxiliary avere]
    tocca a te muovereit's your move (literally, “it's up to you to move”)
  6. (intransitive) to proceed, to move [auxiliary essere or avere]
    Annibale mosse contro RomaHannibal moved/proceeded against Rome
  7. (intransitive) to start moving (of a fleet, etc.), to start (of a path, etc.) [+ da (object) = from] [auxiliary essere or avere]
  8. (intransitive, figuratively) to derive, to originate [+ da (object) = from] [auxiliary essere or avere]


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