marchmarch1 /mɑːtʃ $ mɑːrtʃ/ ●●○ verb1[intransitive]PMWALK if soldiers or other people march somewhere, they walk there quickly with firm regularstepsmarch across/along/past etcOn 29 August the royal army marched into Inverness.We marched 50 km across the foothills.march onHe 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 somethingAn estimated 5,000 people marched through the city to demonstrate against the factory closures.march onOutraged 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 etcBrett 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 somethingMr Carter marched us to the principal’s office.5 →be given/get your marching orders6 →time marches on→ See Verb table
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march• 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 horsemenride 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 peacefuldemonstrators may be prevented from marching because of the threatposed by a potentially disruptive counter-demonstration.• The police escort us as we march down SeventhAvenue.• They marched him past the desk of the sectionsupervisor into a two-tiered cellblock.• The 555th Battalionmarched in the parade.• "I'll never forgive you for this, " Marge said, and she marched off without a backwardglance.• Several thousand people marched on the French embassy.• Sheilamarched 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 SilverBand, who were hoisting their instrumentsprior to marching off.• The parents march off, clutching little hands with authority, anticipation and expectation.• Now a new man, the sergeantmarched 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 backpacksmarch off to school under fragile white-pink blossoms.
marchmarch2 ●●○ noun [countable]1PROTESTan organized event in which many people walk together to express their ideas or protest about somethingThe police decided not to ban the march.protest/civil rights/peace etc marchI went on a lot of peace marches when I was a student.2PMWALKwhen soldiers walk with firm regular steps from one place to anotherThe 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 etc6APMa piece of music for people to march tomilitary marchesa funeral march7 →marches → steal a march onat steal1(8)
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march• 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 unionleaders joined in the protest march against cuts in government spending.• So what, if anything, is being done to halt the seemingly relentlessmarch of rainforest destruction?• a Civil Rights march in Washington• With fatiguedmuscles, we enduredruckmarches, long runs and obstacle courses.• I'd just settled in my place when the trumpetsblew 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 weddingmarch to a bluegrassbeat.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.• Protestantviolent 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, teargas, beatings, and arrests.
MarchMarch ●●●S2W2 noun [countable, uncountable] (written abbreviation Mar.)TMCthe third month of the year, between February and Aprilnext/last MarchShe started work here last March.in MarchThe theatre opened in March 2001.on March 6thThere’s a meeting on March 6th.on 6th March British EnglishI wrote to my bank on 6th March.March 6 American EnglishThe hospital is scheduled to open March 6.