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    hhtt21 is offline Key Member
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    The move could prove to be a major setback

    What does "move" mean in the following? Does it exactly mean act or behave or action?

    "The move could prove to be a major setback for international efforts to avert drastic global warming."

    http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-w...ate-agreement/

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    Re: The move could prove to be a major setback

    As forum members have said repeatedly, one word almost never has exactly the same meaning as another. "Move" is a noun in the quoted sentence. It could be replaced by "action" with little difference in meaning.
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    Re: The move could prove to be a major setback

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I seems that the message hasn't got through yet.
    Then may I ask what is the meaning of "move" here? How can I have a good understanding of move used in this context? If I fraze it, I encounter its different uses so this would be more confusing. What is your advise? How did you natives learn the words? This is still a msytery for me. I learn better Turkish words with dictionaries.

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    Re: The move could prove to be a major setback

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    What does "move" mean in the following? Does it exactly mean act or behave or action?

    "The move could prove to be a major setback for international efforts to avert drastic global warming."
    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Then may I ask what is the meaning of "move" here? How can I have a good understanding of "move" used in this context? If I fraze it, I encounter its different uses so this would be more confusing. What is your advice? How did you native-speakers learn the words? This is still a mystery for me. I learn better Turkish words better with dictionaries.
    In the quoted sentence, the move refers to a previously-mentioned action or policy change. Without having read the linked article, I can guess pretty confidently that it specifically refers to Mr. Trump's withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate accords.

    In other words, you could re-phrase the sentence as follows: Mr. Trump's withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate accords could prove to be a major setback for international efforts to avert drastic global warming.

    Dictionaries are excellent tools for learning words. They don't do everything, though. Have you Googled for more tutorials on how to use a dictionary effectively? The one I linked to a few days ago (and didn't watch) did not meet with Piscean's approval, but I bet you can find some useful ones.
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