Definition of move in in English:

move in

phrasal verb

  • 1Take possession of a new house.

    ‘when I first moved in I painted everything magnolia’
    • ‘When we first moved in the house had been empty for a while and neglected for even longer.’
    • ‘The family owned the house for about 18 years, moving in during the 1970s.’
    • ‘They moved in six months ago and the house is slowly shaping up.’
    • ‘Me and my man bought our house in April and moved in 7 weeks later.’
    • ‘He hasn't been to the new house since we moved in back in June.’
    • ‘He accidentally set fire to the kitchen of his house on the day he moved in.’
    • ‘It is also important that you do not move in before the house is finished.’
    • ‘He has been trying to renovate the house with a view to moving in, but the constant repairs he has to carry out are proving an obstacle.’
    • ‘Have you ever given much thought to the people who've lived in your house before you moved in and made it your own?’
    • ‘The jury heard that conditions in the house deteriorated after he moved in.’
    1. 1.1move in with Start to share accommodation with (an existing resident)
      ‘Victoria moved in with her new boyfriend’
      • ‘On moving in with me, Mom went into a depression and refused to leave the house or find a job or do anything but sit and smoke in the living room, and drink coffee.’
      • ‘We ended up renting for another year and then moving in with mum and dad.’
      • ‘She ended up selling her home and moving in with her mom in order to make ends meet.’
      • ‘Other evicted residents have moved in with neighbours or with relatives.’
      • ‘Last night, he told me he wanted a divorce, and he was moving in with his best friend Erik.’
      • ‘A generation ago, women defied convention by burning bras and moving in with boyfriends.’
      • ‘We haven't been dating nearly long enough for me to feel comfortable moving in with him’
      • ‘You are fortunate enough to have someone to move in with who loves you and can provide shelter.’
      • ‘I had no idea who I was moving in with until the start of shooting.’
      • ‘Grandparents hit by pension shortfalls will move in with their grown-up children to save on residential care charges.’
  • 2Intervene, especially so as to attack or take control.

    ‘this riot could have been avoided had the police moved in earlier’
    • ‘When the pubs closed and the customers took to the streets, the police moved in.’
    • ‘The riot police moved in and struck quick, hard blows with their batons, mainly at people's calf areas.’
    • ‘The riot police moved in quickly, shields locked together, batons raised.’
    • ‘Dozens of armed police moved in and were stationed outside the bank, some on rooftops.’
    • ‘Police and ambulances moved in and the hostage was quickly ushered away.’
    • ‘As the demonstration became heated the police moved in.’
    • ‘Police were slow to move in, allowing media cameramen to capture much of the destruction on film.’
    • ‘He took hostages at an old people's home before police managed to move in and arrest him.’
    • ‘With smoke billowing from the vehicle, the police moved in.’
    • ‘Riot police moved in when fighting broke out between the two sets of supporters inside the stadium during the first half.’
    move in, set to, set to work, pitch in, buckle down, go to it, put one's shoulder to the wheel
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