Verbs Of Movement In English

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Here you’ll learn ten verbs of movement in English that native speakers use.

Having a broad vocabulary will help you better understand English, and will make your English speaking more fluent. In this lesson, I’ll give you the list of movement verbs in English, detailed explanations and practical examples of how to use them.

List of movement verbs in English

verbs of movement in English

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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

INSANITY: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

to crawl

Meaning: to move really really slowly on your hands and knees by dragging your body along the ground


At around six months old, babies start to crawl.

The traffic is terrible; I am crawling along here.

I like to go for a fast walk, but my wife is always crawling along.

to creep

Meaning: to move very slowly without being noticed or heard


I could see the neighbour’s cat creeping up in the garden, trying to catch a bird.

He crept up the stairs, trying not to make noise. When he reached the bedroom’s door, his wife woke up and turned on the light.

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to dash

Meaning: to go or run somewhere very quickly because you are in a hurry


Oh, look at the time, I have to dash; I am in a hurry.

I dashed out of the train station, jumped into a taxi and was home in 15 minutes.

You’re holding me up here. I need to dash, I’ve got a bit of work to do before I go home.

to hop

Meaning: to move forwards by jumping on one foot or both (all) feet for animals and insects


She broke her ankle and had to spend several weeks hopping around the house.

I forgot to bring my flip-flops and hopped on the hot sand to get into the cool water.

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verbs of movement in English

to jog

Meaning: in between a run and a fast walk; to run at a slow steady speed, often in order to get fit


He jogged for a little while to stretch his muscles before the run.

I like to jog to work.

I like to jog in the park in the morning.

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to leap

to leap – leapt/ed – leapt/ed

Meaning: to jump up high or over a long distance


The cat leapt up, trying to catch a bird.

She leapt into the air when she got her exam results.

The fans leapt up immediately when they scored the third goal. 

to march

Meaning: to walk in a rhythmic way with a steady precise step; Left-right-left! Left-right-left!


The headteacher marched into the classroom and demanded to know who had been smoking behind the bicycle shed.

marching band – people playing musical instruments while marching along the streets

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to skip

Meaning: to move forwards by hopping from one foot to the other


The young girl was skipping along the road.

skip = miss


Look at page 25, skip exercise 2 because we haven’t covered that yet.

to step

Meaning: to move forwards by putting one foot in front of the other; a short movement


My boss asked me to step into his office to have a private discussion.

to stride

Meaning: to move forwards with big long steps; stretch the legs and maximise the effort and the energy that you use


When the sun is shining; and the air is warm, I like to stride through the park.

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