From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmarchmarch1 /mɑːtʃ $ mɑːrtʃ/ ●●○ verb 1 [intransitive]PMWALK if soldiers or other people march somewhere, they walk there quickly with firm regular stepsmarch across/along/past etc On 29 August the royal army marched into Inverness. We marched 50 km across the foothills.march on He gathered his troops and prepared to march on the capital (=march to the capital in order to attack it).Quick march! (=an order to tell people to start marching)► see thesaurus at walk2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]PROTEST if a large group of people march somewhere, they walk there together to express their ideas or protest about something An estimated 5,000 people marched through the city to demonstrate against the factory closures.march on Outraged citizens marched on City Hall (=marched to City Hall), demanding the police chief’s resignation.3 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]WALK to walk somewhere quickly and with determination, often because you are angrymarch off/out etc Brett marched out of the office, slamming the door behind him.4 [transitive always + adverb/preposition]FORCE somebody TO DO something to force someone to walk somewhere with you, often pushing or pulling them roughlymarch somebody to/into etc something Mr Carter marched us to the principal’s office.5 → be given/get your marching orders6 → time marches on→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusmarch• The men were so tired they found it hard to march.• Several hundred students marched across campus to protest.• Pestilence and devastation would march across the land; and the four horsemen ride the sky.• We have not marched all this way to sit and wait!• The prisoners of war were marched around the compound.• In May 1846 Fremont marched back south to California.• This has caused some concern as peaceful demonstrators may be prevented from marching because of the threat posed by a potentially disruptive counter-demonstration.• The police escort us as we march down Seventh Avenue.• They marched him past the desk of the section supervisor into a two-tiered cell block.• The 555th Battalion marched in the parade.• "I'll never forgive you for this, " Marge said, and she marched off without a backward glance.• Several thousand people marched on the French embassy.• Sheila marched straight into the office and demanded an apology.• Over ten thousand workers marched through the capital demanding higher wages.• Thousands of US soldiers marched through the streets of Paris.• Marquez, realizing he must act quickly, marched toward Queretaro.march across/along/past etc• Now: When the soldiers march across in the beginning, do you remember?• They marched past it, back and forth, marvelling at the way they were drawn towards it.• Banquet-goers were treated to a march past of pipers during the reception.• She marched across the courtyard into the house, her eyes stony and her jaw set.• Modernization has marched across the land from Messina to Marsala.• Impact craters have great dune fields marching across their floors.• They marched past us to look through the house, sorting through whatever was left behind.march off/out etc• I caused chaos, too, in the Houlton Silver Band, who were hoisting their instruments prior to marching off.• The parents march off, clutching little hands with authority, anticipation and expectation.• Now a new man, the sergeant marched out gratefully, ready for another day.• The men and boys were lined up and marched off in one direction, and women and children in another.• Other figures marched out into the shadows around the candlelight.• So Flora put on her green wellies and Jane her black ones, and they marched out over the hills.• In the meantime there is much to be achieved before they too will march off the parade ground as trained servicewomen.• The kids in their dark uniforms and heavy black leather school backpacks march off to school under fragile white-pink blossoms.marchmarch2 ●●○ noun [countable] 1 PROTESTan organized event in which many people walk together to express their ideas or protest about something The police decided not to ban the march.protest/civil rights/peace etc march I went on a lot of peace marches when I was a student.2 PMWALKwhen soldiers walk with firm regular steps from one place to another The general led his forces on a long march southwards.3 → on the march4 → a day’s march/two weeks’ march etc5 → the march of time/history/progress etc6 APMa piece of music for people to march to military marches a funeral march7 → marches → steal a march on at steal1(8)
Examples from the Corpusmarch• The soldiers did a march around the parade ground.• Only one Valence had returned, to die slowly of poisons he had absorbed during the long march.• Local trade union leaders joined in the protest march against cuts in government spending.• So what, if anything, is being done to halt the seemingly relentless march of rainforest destruction?• a Civil Rights march in Washington• With fatigued muscles, we endured ruck marches, long runs and obstacle courses.• I'd just settled in my place when the trumpets blew and the march struck up for the grand parade.• Since Wallace returned from the march, he has committed himself to making change in his neighborhood individual by individual.• Thousands of students took part in the march.• And a group in San Francisco is using the anniversary of the march to hold a march of its own Thursday.• I did put the wedding march to a blue grass beat.protest/civil rights/peace etc march• In March 1965 a civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, had been broken up by police.• Paisley's second prison term was the result of his organizing a blockade of Armagh to prevent a civil rights march.• The incident received widespread television and press publicity, and prompted a civil rights march on 24 August from Coalisland to Dungannon.• Protestant violent action against Civil Rights marches was seen by Catholics as a threat to their communities.• Southern police responded to sit-ins and civil rights marches with fire hoses, tear gas, beatings, and arrests.MarchMarch ●●● S2 W2 noun [countable, uncountable] (written abbreviation Mar.) TMCthe third month of the year, between February and Aprilnext/last March She started work here last March.in March The theatre opened in March 2001.on March 6th There’s a meeting on March 6th.on 6th March British English I wrote to my bank on 6th March.March 6 American English The hospital is scheduled to open March 6.
Examples from the CorpusMarch• Friday, 20 March more discussion with the experienced program design group.• Following a general strike and calls for his resignation, the President was arrested on 26 March by fellow army officers.• This compares to approximately 35 % in March, 1998.• Romiti will become chairman of Fiat when Gianni Agnelli resigns in March.• Bogard was arrested in January 1994 and convicted last March.• The cost: $ 995 for two people for two nights, or $ 695 for one night, through March 3.March 6• Kirk Session minute book commencing March 6, 1823; all regularly kept from respective dates.• It is supposed to issue its conclusion on March 6.• They met for four hours at an airplane hangar in Phoenix on March 6 to start the negotiations.• So, on March 6, 1946, a clash had been prevented.• Since the resumption of the hunger strike on March 6, striking detainees are being moved and separated.• On March 6, 8,500 maintenance workers also went on strike, supported by the pilots.• They expect to vote on the recommendation March 6.Origin March (1200-1300) Old French Latin martius, from martius “of Mars, god of war” march1 (1300-1400) Old French marchier “to step heavily”