Main definitions of march in English

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march1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Walk in a military manner with a regular measured tread.

    ‘three companies of soldiers marched around the field’
    • ‘No more marching in to military music, no women teachers, new school caps with a badge in yellow which we raised when we met teachers out of school bounds.’
    • ‘All had marched at least a thousand miles, some much more.’
    • ‘Kids were forced to rise before dawn, perform rigorous exercises, and march like soldiers.’
    • ‘She talked off how the military marched around the streets and how unfairly they treated the people.’
    • ‘Below them, the Imperial Army marched along the road, plumes of smoke rising from the cratered remains of the Star encampments.’
    • ‘I remember marching behind the band on my debut against Cork and saying to myself, ‘What am I doing here?’’
    • ‘Tens of thousands marched with Spartacus, and a succession of Roman armies were crushed.’
    • ‘Thousands of soldiers were walking around, marching, much like in the present day military manner.’
    • ‘We both went to schools where people marched around as military cadets.’
    • ‘When Emmet first heard this song he is reputed to have said ‘oh that I were at the head of twenty thousand men marching to that air’.’
    • ‘The Spartans attempted a military response, and marched against the leading revolutionary state, Mantinea.’
    • ‘Lord Jonathan entered the castle along with the other knights and soldiers who marched in unison behind them.’
    • ‘Private military personnel marched with the US Army first into Somalia, then Bosnia, and Kosovo.’
    • ‘Military men marched in a circular review, saluting Kim.’
    • ‘Dressed in his formal uniform, he marched in precise military style to the Royal Palace.’
    • ‘We hear the shouts of the military squadron marching up the hills.’
    • ‘The band has been invited to march in the annual Military and Veterans Parade in Weymouth on June 20.’
    • ‘They marched out in regular formation, peeling off two by two at each main street to patrol their beats on foot.’
    • ‘Volunteers from this military body now marched to Carthage and stormed the jail.’
    • ‘The soldiers then marched out of the palace gates to the delight of the crowds.’
    stride, walk, troop, step, pace, tread
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    1. 1.1Walk or proceed quickly and with determination.
      ‘without a word she marched from the room’
      • ‘With a determined step she marched purposely toward the blackened doorway.’
      • ‘She started to walk away, only to march back determinedly less than five seconds later.’
      • ‘She nodded the moment I saw Dr. Kay enter the room and come marching over to us.’
      • ‘We were approximately sixty yards from the front door - the main entrance when a woman was coming towards - she was marching very quickly towards us.’
      • ‘He struggled to keep up with her as she marched along the road.’
      • ‘Licking my lips at the wondrous prospect of a day jam-packed with data entry madness, I marched onwards determinedly.’
      • ‘He plucked James from the ground swiftly, then turned and marched quickly over to the shattered window.’
      • ‘Without saying a word he marched right out of the park leaving Rebecca to stare at him.’
      • ‘Jason-Steve smiled as Evan marched with a determined stance to find the phone.’
      • ‘I thought I saw Eric flush, but he marched off too quickly for me to be certain.’
      • ‘Saturday morning came, and we quickly marched out the door and towards the Metro stop.’
      • ‘With these words, Simone marched forward with anger filling inside her and her two sisters trailing behind.’
      • ‘I exited the elevator quickly, marching out to the crowded street.’
      • ‘I turned around and started marching back our room, confident that Charles would never bug me again.’
      • ‘I marched determinedly to my homeroom class and saw Terry at the wall next to the door.’
      • ‘She clenched her fists and marched back to her room without a word.’
      • ‘If all else fails, determinedly march up to onlookers with camera in hand.’
      • ‘At each obstacle she had held her head high and marched past it, determined to defeat the impossible.’
      • ‘She marches into the training room where the Product Manager is giving a training session.’
      • ‘She quickly turned and began marching towards her apartment building, now only a block away.’
    2. 1.2[with object]Force (someone) to walk somewhere quickly.
      ‘she gripped Rachel's arm and marched her out through the doors’
      • ‘The Nazis who ran the camp tried to hide their crimes by marching their victims away.’
      • ‘The employees were marched into the walk-in freezer at gunpoint and locked inside.’
      • ‘So he goes after the teenagers, and grabs one in a shop, marching him outside.’
      • ‘He took her firmly by the arm and marched her to off toward the command deck.’
      • ‘And then he marched Patrick back into the store and we never saw our skateboard stealing friend again.’
      • ‘When he was asked to hand it back, he told the victim he would only do so in return for money and marched him to a cash point machine where he was forced to withdraw money before handing it back.’
      • ‘They burst into the farmer's house and when they saw the eldest son, believing him to be the thief, they chained him and marched him to the palace.’
      • ‘His head kept twisting back anxiously as they marched him out of the house, barefoot.’
      • ‘Both officers grabbed him by the arms in a thumb lock and marched him out of the shop past the customers.’
      • ‘Wendy grabbed a ringleader's coat and marched him out of the door.’
      • ‘Then she flung a arm around his neck, making him bend, and marched him down the stairs.’
      • ‘He doesn't let go of my arm, however, and marches me roughly towards the house.’
      • ‘Yes, we were marched off to the local cinema to see that.’
      • ‘He then marched her to a bank and forced her to withdraw 500 from her savings.’
      • ‘A parental search party found us shivering and cowering in the scrub and marched us back to civilisation.’
      • ‘Two further men acting as witnesses approached the offender, seemingly disgusted with his actions, and marched him off down the street.’
      • ‘Anyway, on the time, I was marched in before the court-martial and they were all sitting there at the table, all the officers.’
      • ‘He marched me quickly back to our allocated area and took me severely in waltz position.’
      • ‘We were marched back onto the train and laughed at - quite demoralising, really.’
      • ‘Shortly after this a man was marched back into the store and put into a small staff only room, guarded by a security guard and one of the beefier shop boys.’
    3. 1.3Walk along public roads in an organized procession to protest about something.
      ‘antigovernment protesters marched today through major cities’
      ‘they planned to march on Baton Rouge’
      • ‘But at the moment when city government is ready to make a move, they choose to march on the scene tomorrow in their own protest.’
      • ‘Tuesday Scotland's farmers march on Holyrood to protest against the blows which have beset their profession.’
      • ‘Rabbo joined around 1000 demonstrators as they marched along the road that was dug up by Israeli soldiers last week.’
      • ‘Thousands of protestors attempted to march on the US embassy in Beirut, but were beaten back by police using tear gas and truncheons.’
      • ‘Despite her support, about 300 protesters tried to march on the US embassy in the capital, Manila.’
      • ‘On May 29 health care workers are expected to carry out a nine-hour strike and march on the health ministry.’
      • ‘Two hundred immigrants had marched along Devon, protesting the new policy.’
      • ‘The overtures did not divert tens of thousands from marching against the government.’
      • ‘The coca farmers, who had yet to join the protests, indicated that they would march on La Paz and block the roads.’
      • ‘More than 150 public service workers marched on Bolton Town Hall during their one day strike.’
      • ‘I was aware that the strikers were going to march on Parliament before the end of the week.’
      • ‘The Chartists called a rally and 100,000 workers turned up to march on the government.’
      • ‘Tens of thousands also marched in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Panama.’
      • ‘Certainly the tens of thousands marching in Edinburgh are not there just because some pop star told them it was going to be fun.’
      • ‘Tens of thousands marched in the streets, and masked Hamas militants pledged revenge.’
      • ‘Conservative leader William Hague today urged sub-postmasters to march on London for a rally against the threat to their businesses.’
      • ‘Hundreds of victims of Britain's A-bomb tests are to march on Parliament today in what they say is their best chance ever to secure compensation.’
      • ‘Hundreds of York City fans were expected to march on Bootham Crescent today in a show of solidarity for the threatened football club.’
      • ‘The protestors originally attempted to march on the US Embassy but heavily-armed police blocked their way.’
    4. 1.4(of something abstract) proceed or advance inexorably.
      ‘time marches on’
      • ‘Huygens' ground track marches inexorably to the east, though the descent is now getting much steeper.’
      • ‘Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinaine in a choral sequence that marches inexorably.’
      • ‘Together, however, they are inexorably marching toward their fourth league title.’
      • ‘We all sit here, watching and trying to make sense of it all, as Time marches by inexorably…’
      • ‘The only reason why the economy continues to march ahead is on account of the positive flow of funding from the rest of the world.’
      • ‘Spillover would ensure that political elites marched inexorably towards the promotion of integration.’
      • ‘Perhaps music wasn't marching inexorably to dodecaphonic heaven after all.’
      • ‘We now march inexorably toward war with Iraq, and to fight that war, we will have to call upon many soldiers.’

noun

  • 1[usually in singular] An act or instance of marching.

    ‘the relieving force was more than a day's march away’
    • ‘They aim to reach the Pole in 65 days, by which time they will have covered twice the distance trekked by Hadow in his march to the North Pole.’
    • ‘It was from here, that 28,000 of the prisoners were taken, towards the end of the War, on what came to be known, as the death marches.’
    • ‘The twin counterpoint battles of Imphal and Kohima at Burma's gateway to India comprised long marches through dense jungles by both sides.’
    • ‘The afternoon's celebrations included a march down to the ferry launching site, the walking group led by piper Bill Jackson.’
    • ‘It's important to have a plan for that time, but also to break the march into manageable pieces.’
    • ‘The trumpet shaped flowers are widely accepted as being a symbol of the Orange Order, and members wear the lily with pride on their sashes during marches.’
    • ‘For instance, as they begin their march, the mood in the army of Shalya, one of the first to start to join the war, is one of celebration.’
    • ‘Route marches, drill and shooting practice helped mould this assortment of keen amateurs filled with patriotic pride into a professional fighting force.’
    • ‘The travel was slow and easy, though the men kept a steady rhythm in their march, their minds dwelling on their families back home.’
    hike, trek, tramp, slog, footslog, walk
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    1. 1.1A piece of music composed to accompany marching or with a rhythmic character suggestive of marching.
      • ‘Instead the music becomes a jaunty march, of the sort that would have been associated with the armies of revolutionary France.’
      • ‘In the second movement - the funeral march - musical iconography impinges on performance.’
      • ‘With their use of tone rows and dense counterpoint these pieces should dispel any ideas that Ives's music is just about jaunty marches and musical borrowings.’
      • ‘One hears the strong link to the brass band marches of early New Orleans.’
      • ‘Beethoven's seven-movement Serenade begins and ends with an unpompous march.’
      • ‘The Normandy Band of the Queen's Division provided a full range of music from marches to the stirring Post Horn Gallop.’
      • ‘Soprano Rosalind Sutherland sings in the New Year with an excellent selection of arias, polkas, marches and waltzes from Strauss.’
      • ‘My only thought about the march so far is that it's not a march in the direct Mahlerian sense.’
      • ‘The orchestra ended its current tune, and instantly began a mournful march.’
      • ‘I'm listening to some of the Nazi marches Arnie used to listen to.’
      • ‘I may have listened to the slow movement funeral march too many times to really hear it.’
      • ‘My short program music is a medley of marches by John Philip Sousa.’
      • ‘It will include waltzes, marches, operetta, Neapolitan songs and Irish classics.’
      • ‘I'm not sure that eschewing the incipient vulgarity of the two marches by Wagner is entirely a good thing, though!’
      • ‘Funeral marches abound in Mahler, and they don't always mean literal death.’
      • ‘It is now a permanent part of classical popular music, in the same way as the waltzes of Strauss or the marches of Sousa.’
      • ‘There follows a mournful Largo second movement that is, in effect, a funeral march.’
      • ‘The band's repertoire includes marches and hymns, music from the shows, orchestral music and popular music.’
      • ‘He is a composer of a number of military marches and made arrangements of traditional Turkish songs.’
      • ‘The rhythm isn't really a waltz or a march, but rather a stumbling sort of gait, indicative of what was to come in the next few years.’
    2. 1.2A procession as a protest or demonstration.
      [as modifier] ‘a protest march’
      • ‘There would be no threats of boycotts; there would be no marches; there would be no high-toned talk.’
      • ‘A police officer caught on video repeatedly bashing a protester walking, just walking, in the front line of a march.’
      • ‘The methods they used to advance their case were various: petitions, representations, street marches and fasts.’
      • ‘The curtains flapping from the broken windows led to rumours of white flags and peace marches.’
      • ‘He was also involved in the policing of presidential and Royal visits, marches and sectarian rioting.’
      • ‘At one point, the film follows several of the tour's dancers watching a march by the AIDS activist group ACT UP.’
      • ‘Early predictions indicate that the marches look set to become by far the largest demonstration of trade union muscle in decades.’
      • ‘Last weekend, the left held large antiwar marches in Washington, San Francisco and elsewhere.’
      • ‘The often violent reactions of the government to civil rights marches is no less an example of right wing violence.’
      • ‘Indeed, they used to hold marches against them.’
      • ‘And, unlike other marches, this one will also propose solutions, rather than simply ranting against the war machine.’
      • ‘I will still go on the anti-war marches, but I wonder if I will ever return to my local anti-war comrades - I have drifted from them too.’
      • ‘This one pops up in pamphlet after pamphlet at leftist marches and gatherings; it is taught to many black college students.’
      • ‘I hope there will be marches and prayers for peace until the threat of war recedes.’
      • ‘He brings a deep commitment to civil rights, nurtured in marches in Mississippi while a college student.’
      • ‘They not to have a glimmer of understanding that they live in a democracy and whether we go to war is decided ultimately by parliament not by marches on the street or strongly held opinions.’
      • ‘I wanna stand up for my rights, attend marches, and create bills of rights without being seen as a troublemaker.’
      • ‘The crackdown on street marches was also very controversial.’
      • ‘The big anti-war marches encapsulated a cynical mood and a sense of disengagement - and these are hardly ideal sentiments on which to build a mass movement.’
      • ‘Most of the marches in Wellington go to parliament.’
    3. 1.3[in singular]The progress or continuity of something abstract that is considered to be moving inexorably onward.
      ‘the inevitable march of history’
      • ‘Much of his affection for the South stemmed from his belief that it was a haven from the onward march of modern industrial progress.’
      • ‘Even the relentless march of performance progress has lost its edge, with the increasing bland commercialisation of the enthusiast market.’
      • ‘History is certainly not a rational process nor is it a progressive march towards a harmonious consummation.’
      • ‘To say that we should merely accept it as inevitable, as part of the march of history, as an inescapable part of the zeitgeist, is to accept descent into degradation.’
      • ‘Whatever goes wrong in our lives or the world, the march of progress continues regardless.’
      • ‘It seems as inevitable as the relentless march of time.’
      • ‘Physics Today will continue to follow the progress of fusion's march toward maturity.’
      • ‘So the Manifesto pushed a heavily progressive income tax as one of ten key ways to undermine the market order and advance the march toward socialism.’
      • ‘This information was celebrated by the media as the inevitable forward march of progress.’
      • ‘As the march of history progresses, however, traditions change.’
      • ‘But so inevitable is the march of events that this is all it seems, a tweak.’
      • ‘It understands rile future not as simply a repetition of today or as the inevitable march of progress.’
      • ‘Is the will so powerful as to counter the onward march of something inevitable?’
      • ‘However, instead of a steady march of discovery and triumph, reason has led us to believe there are limits to achievement.’
      • ‘Which is possibly a good reason why it's taken longer for gays to progress in the march towards equality.’
      • ‘That's why the steady march toward a more liberal newsroom is so puzzling.’
      • ‘Every few centuries, the steady march of change meets a discontinuity, and history hinges on that moment.’
      • ‘Why is the steady march of science and technology in these areas a problem?’
      • ‘The steady march of technological advancement should solve that problem, however.’
      • ‘Many others have written about New Zealand history as though the steady march forward by the State equated with progress.’

Phrases

  • march to (the beat of) a different drummer

    • informal Consciously adopt a different approach or attitude from the majority of people; be unconventional.

      • ‘Unless you enjoy marching to a different drummer, stick with right betting, avoid wrong betting, and join the tribe.’
      • ‘Since his college days, Rice has been seen as someone who marched to the beat of a different drummer.’
      • ‘During the go-go days of the late 1990s, when many business thinkers found themselves seduced by the idea that everything is new in the new economy, Jim Collins marched to a different drummer.’
      • ‘‘He marched to a different drummer,’ says his colleague Becker.’
      • ‘Those who want exegetical help in the interpretation of a specific text will discover that this commentary marches to a different drummer.’
      • ‘A professional woman in her 50s said she feels almost ‘invisible’ a lot of the time and that the better jobs or promotions seem to go to those in her company that don't march to a different drummer.’
      • ‘‘When I walked the picket lines, I really believed that we, as a people, marched to the beat of a different drummer,’ Lyons says.’
      • ‘Now Michael Deaver authors a personal portrait of the former president he says has always marched to a different drummer.’
      • ‘Lennon is believed to favour a return to Congress and is viewed as a moderate, but the overwhelming message from the conference of over 400 delegates was that the general secretary is marching to a different tune from his troops.’
      • ‘Admiral Rickover, Peter Drucker, and Georges Doriot always marched to a different drummer and got the acclaim of the crowd.’
  • on the march

    • Marching.

      ‘the army was on the march at last’
      • ‘Their job was to ensure no Moslem army should advance suddenly and catch Charles on the march.’
      • ‘Even most of the meat he had eaten on the march with Cadona's army was cooked or dry.’
      • ‘The pressure of that blank metal stare chilled Martel's soul, as if he were watching distant, marauding armies on the march.’
      • ‘The Kingdom of Jerusalem still hung by a thread and armies were on the march that spring.’
      • ‘It was like an army on the march when this happened.’
      • ‘Armies were on the march, battles were being fought and lost, and regimes became acutely conscious of their vulnerability.’
      • ‘The battle began accidentally when the two armies encountered each other on the march at the pass of Cynoscephalae.’
      • ‘It is a stunning, impressive picture that captures the movement of an army on the march, as well as the brooding conditions they face almost as an active element in the conflict.’
      • ‘They reached the bottom of the hill, and two-thirds of the country was empty, as the orcs had gone on the march to meet Aragorn's army.’
      • ‘Another way Sweden found to reduce her war costs was to train her army to live off of the land thereby reducing the supply issue for an army on the march.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from French marcher to walk (earlier to trample), of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation:

march

/märCH/

Main definitions of march in English

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march2

plural noun

  • 1A frontier or border area between two countries or territories, especially between England and Wales or (formerly) England and Scotland.

    ‘the Welsh Marches’
    • ‘The strength of Chester's connections with Liverpool and with Wales and the Marches contrasts with the relative weakness of those to the east and south-east.’
    • ‘Set on the Welsh Marches beneath Lancashire, its name comes from the Latin for Place of the Legions.’
    • ‘The border Marches were renamed the Middle Shires and the border laws replaced with ‘Jeddart Justice’, where summary executions were common.’
    • ‘West of the Severn valley and the north midland plain is the Welsh Marches, classic hill and vale country with small areas of upland separated by deeply incised valleys.’
    • ‘Similarly, Philip Stott, emeritus professor of biogeography at the University of London, points out that in AD1200 Britain was so warm that the Normans made wine in the Welsh Marches.’
    • ‘Educated at Shrewsbury (his father being lord president of the Council in the Marches of Wales) and at Christ Church, Oxford, he was devoted to study.’
    • ‘The Despensers were engaged in empire-building in the Welsh Marches, Roger's own part of the world.’
    • ‘Wroxeter's main street was formed by the road running north-south along the Welsh Marches, linking the fortresses of Caerleon and Chester.’
    • ‘This border region, the Marches, is a stretch of pasture-land much broken by hills, woods, and twisting rivers.’
    • ‘Upon the death of Walter de Lacy in 1241 his two granddaughters became heiresses to his lands and lordships in England, the Welsh Marches, and Ireland.’
    • ‘The plague in Wales and the Marches were as pitiless as elsewhere.’
    • ‘With landed influence now increasingly concentrated in crown hands, the council of Arthur, prince of Wales, at Ludlow, was given greater powers to enforce law and order in the Welsh Marches and English border shires.’
    • ‘He was sent with his mother to Ludlow in 1473 to be titular ruler of Wales and the Welsh Marches, staying there for much of the rest of his father's reign.’
    borders, boundaries, borderlands, frontiers, limits, confines
    marchlands
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    1. 1.1A region of east central Italy, between the Apennines and the Adriatic Sea; capital, Ancona. Italian name Marche.

verb

[NO OBJECT]rare
  • (of a country, territory, or estate) have a common frontier with.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French marche (noun), marchir (verb), of Germanic origin; related to mark.

Pronunciation:

march

/märCH/

Main definitions of march in English

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March

noun

  • The third month of the year, in the northern hemisphere usually considered the first month of spring.

    ‘the work was completed in March’
    [as modifier] ‘the March issue of the magazine’
    • ‘In March it gave a final warning that if things did not improve it would consider legal action.’
    • ‘In March, Blair asked him to talk the unions out of a damaging strike ahead of the election.’
    • ‘In March we launched our new conference guide and the response so far has been excellent.’
    • ‘By March last year almost every city and many small towns had set up local coalitions.’
    • ‘There was a period between October and March when at times we were seven to eight short.’
    • ‘Whale shark season is in March and April, though you could get lucky at any time of year.’
    • ‘I downloaded my email and found the stats for accesses to this site for the month of March.’
    • ‘We do know, however, that it will be in February or March next year at the earliest.’
    • ‘Whale sharks pass by in late March and early April and the occasional dugong has been seen.’
    • ‘They flower from March to June and disperse mature seeds from May to July in the second year.’
    • ‘In March he was sentenced on both counts to concurrent terms of life imprisonment.’
    • ‘I gave quite a detailed explanation of pension credit in my column in the March issue.’
    • ‘She says he invited her to his hotel room and that the pair met again the following March in Leeds.’
    • ‘February and March are the time of year that the area's hare population is most visible.’
    • ‘Both said that they expected talks would be finished and a deal would be on the table by March or April.’
    • ‘Work on the premises is set to begin next month with a view to a grand opening in March or April next year.’
    • ‘He is going to be on holiday for a week but will be in a position to file the Report by the 28th March.’
    • ‘Waiting times are to be cut to six months by March and just three months the following year.’
    • ‘The best time to prune a fig bush is late February or early March, while it is still dormant.’
    • ‘Work on the site is due to begin at the end of the month and is expected to be completed at the end of March next year.’

Origin

Middle English: from an Old French dialect variant of marz, from Latin Martius (mensis) (month) of Mars.

Pronunciation:

March

/märCH/