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From Proto-Italic *moweō, from Proto-Indo-European *mew- (to move).



moveō (present infinitive movēre, perfect active mōvī, supine mōtum); second conjugation

  1. I move, stir, set in motion
  2. I disturb, shake, remove
  3. I arouse, excite, promote, produce
  4. I begin, commence, undertake
  5. I excite, inspire, influence
  6. I present or offer (an oblation or gift)
  7. I trouble, concern, torment (someone)
  8. I exert, exercise
  9. (of plants) I put forth


   Conjugation of moveō (second conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present moveō movēs movet movēmus movētis movent
imperfect movēbam movēbās movēbat movēbāmus movēbātis movēbant
future movēbō movēbis movēbit movēbimus movēbitis movēbunt
perfect mōvī mōvistī mōvit mōvimus mōvistis mōvērunt, mōvēre
pluperfect mōveram mōverās mōverat mōverāmus mōverātis mōverant
future perfect mōverō mōveris mōverit mōverimus mōveritis mōverint
passive present moveor movēris, movēre movētur movēmur movēminī moventur
imperfect movēbar movēbāris, movēbāre movēbātur movēbāmur movēbāminī movēbantur
future movēbor movēberis, movēbere movēbitur movēbimur movēbiminī movēbuntur
perfect mōtus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect mōtus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect mōtus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present moveam moveās moveat moveāmus moveātis moveant
imperfect movērem movērēs movēret movērēmus movērētis movērent
perfect mōverim mōverīs mōverit mōverīmus mōverītis mōverint
pluperfect mōvissem mōvissēs mōvisset mōvissēmus mōvissētis mōvissent
passive present movear moveāris, moveāre moveātur moveāmur moveāminī moveantur
imperfect movērer movērēris, movērēre movērētur movērēmur movērēminī movērentur
perfect mōtus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect mōtus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present movē movēte
future movētō movētō movētōte moventō
passive present movēre movēminī
future movētor movētor moventor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives movēre mōvisse mōtūrum esse movērī mōtum esse mōtum īrī
participles movēns mōtūrus mōtus movendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
movendī movendō movendum movendō mōtum mōtū

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  • moveo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • moveo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • moveo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • not to stir from one's place: loco or vestigio se non movere
    • to make an impression on the senses: sensus movere (more strongly pellere)
    • to raise a laugh: risum movere, concitare
    • to move to tears: lacrimas or fletum alicui movere
    • to be influenced by, to yield to urgent (abject) entreaty: magnis (infimis) precibus moveri
    • to make a man change his opinion: de sententia aliquem deducere, movere
    • to be moved by a thing: aliqua re moveri, commoveri
    • to be touched with pity: misericordia moveri, capi (De Or. 2. 47)
    • to fill a person with astonishment: admirationem alicui movere
    • to rouse a person's suspicions: suspicionem movere, excitare, inicere, dare alicui
    • to excite a person's wrath: stomachum, bilem alicui movere
    • movable, personal property: res, quae moveri possunt; res moventes (Liv. 5. 25. 6)
    • to overthrow a person (cf. sect. IX. 6): aliquem gradu movere, depellere or de gradu (statu) deicere
    • to expel some one from his tribe: tribu movere aliquem
    • to expel from the senate: senatu movere
    • to cause a war: bellum facere, movere, excitare
    • to begin the march, break up the camp: castra movere
    • to drive the enemy from his position: loco movere, depellere, deicere hostem (B. G. 7. 51)

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