Language Tips

to move towards a particular place

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Written by Liz Potter

In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips explores the words and phrases we use to describe movement. This week’s tip looks at verbs and phrases that mean to move towards a particular place:



head for or head towards to go in a particular direction:

  • We decided to head for home.
  • The last time I saw her she was heading towards the supermarket.

head north/south/east/west:

  • They headed north across the desert.

head back or head home:

  • We’d better head back, it’s getting late.
  • I think I’m going to head home.

be headed:

  • Where are you headed?
  • I’m headed to Switzerland in a few weeks.
  • The family was headed for the beach.

make for to move towards a place, quickly or in a determined way:

  • He picked up his bag and made for the door.
  • We were making for the summit but only got half way up.

make your way to go towards a place, especially slowly, steadily, or with difficulty:

  • We made our way to the front of the crowd.
  • She made her way carefully across the boggy ground.
  • Can you make your way here alone?

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘to move‘.

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