march

To march is to walk with deliberate, short steps that fall in a regular rhythm. You can take your time walking into school in the morning, or you can march right up the steps and through the door.

People can march just about anywhere they walk, although the verb brings to mind military processions of soldiers who march in unison. Marching bands are another example of people who march together this way. You can also use the word when you're talking about a group of demonstrators who decide to march in protest or support of a particular cause. March comes from the Middle French word marcher, which originally meant "to trample," and later came to mean "to walk."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: march

1
vn
walk fast, with regular or measured steps; walk with a stride
the act of marching; walking with regular steps (especially in a procession of some kind)
2
nv
district consisting of the area on either side of a border or boundary of a country or an area
lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: march
1

v walk fast, with regular or measured steps; walk with a stride

“He marched into the classroom and announced the exam”
“The soldiers marched across the border”
Types:
troop
move or march as if in a crowd
Type of:
walk
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

v march in a procession

Synonyms:
process
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file
proceed in line
parade, promenade, troop
march in a procession
goose step
march in a military fashion
countermarch
march back along the same way
debouch, march out
march out (as from a defile) into open ground
Type of:
walk
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

v march in protest; take part in a demonstration

Synonyms:
demonstrate
Types:
picket
serve as pickets or post pickets
Type of:
dissent, protest, resist
express opposition through action or words

v cause to march or go at a marching pace

“They marched the mules into the desert”
Type of:
walk
make walk

v force to march

“The Japanese marched their prisoners through Manchuria”
Types:
frogmarch
march a person against his will by any method
Type of:
walk
accompany or escort

v walk ostentatiously

Synonyms:
exhibit, parade
Type of:
walk
make walk

n the act of marching; walking with regular steps (especially in a procession of some kind)

“it was a long march
“we heard the sound of marching
Synonyms:
marching
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countermarch
(military) a march in the reverse direction or back along the same route
goose step
a manner of marching with legs straight and swinging high
lockstep
a manner of marching in file in which each person's leg moves with and behind the corresponding leg of the person ahead
promenade
a march of all the guests at the opening of a formal dance
quick march
marching at quick time
routemarch
a long training march for troops
Type of:
walk, walking
the act of traveling by foot

n a procession of people walking together

“the march went up Fifth Avenue”
Types:
hunger march
a march of protest or demonstration by the unemployed
Type of:
procession
the group action of a collection of people or animals or vehicles moving ahead in more or less regular formation

n genre of music written for marching

“Sousa wrote the best marches
Synonyms:
marching music
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martial music, military march, military music
brisk marching music suitable for troops marching in a military parade
processional march, recessional march
a march to be played for processions
quickstep
military march accompanying quick time
pibroch
martial music with variations; to be played by bagpipes
dead march, funeral march
a slow march to be played for funeral processions
wedding march
a march to be played for a wedding procession
Type of:
genre, music genre, musical genre, musical style
an expressive style of music

n a steady advance

“the march of science”
“the march of time”
Type of:
advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion, procession, progress, progression
the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
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n district consisting of the area on either side of a border or boundary of a country or an area

“the Welsh marches between England and Wales”
Synonyms:
border district, borderland, marchland
Type of:
district, dominion, territorial dominion, territory
a region marked off for administrative or other purposes

v lie adjacent to another or share a boundary

“England marches with Scotland”
Synonyms:
abut, adjoin, border, butt, butt against, butt on, edge
Types:
neighbor, neighbour
be located near or adjacent to
Type of:
adjoin, contact, meet, touch
be in direct physical contact with; make contact
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