ADJ. long | brisk | steady | forced | approach They reached the enemy position after an arduous approach march. | fifty-mile, four-day, etc. | two hours, half a day's, etc. The camp was half a day's march away. | northward, southward, etc. | forward, onward (figurative) the forward march of technology | inevitable, inexorable (figurative) the inexorable march of time
VERB + MARCH begin, set off on The army set off on a forced march towards Berlin.
PREP. on the ~ The army has been on the march for two weeks | ~ from the march from Paris to Brittany | ~ of a march of over 30 miles (figurative) the march of history/progress/science | ~ to, ~ towards (figurative) the steady march towards equality
PHRASES line of march Villages in the army's line of march were burned to the ground. | a … march away The border was still a day's march away. | the march eastward, westward, etc.
2 organized walk
ADJ. hunger, peace, protest, victory | anti-racism, pro-democracy, etc.
VERB + MARCH hold, organize, stage | lead | be on, go on, join in, take part in | halt, stop The farmers halted the march outside the Ministry of Agriculture. | break up The march was broken up by police in riot gear.
MARCH + VERB mark sth a march marking the thirtieth anniversary of the shootings
PREP. at/on a/the ~ There were in excess of 100,000 people at the march. | ~ against a march against racism | ~ for a march for the victims of the war | ~ from, ~ of a march of over 6,000 people | ~ to
PHRASES a march past There will be a special march past of competitors.
ADJ. military | funeral, wedding
VERB + MARCH compose | play | strike up The orchestra struck up a military march.
1 walk with regular steps
ADV. briskly, swiftly | boldly | purposefully | inexorably (figurative) Time marches inexorably on and we still have not made a decision. | north, south, etc. | ahead, away, back, forward, off, on, out, over, past, up (and down) Craig marched up to the front door and rang the bell. Soldiers were marching up and down outside the government buildings.
PREP. from, into, on The invading army marched on Rome. | out of So saying, she marched boldly out of the house. | through, to They marched all the way from London to Edinburgh. | towards
PHRASES march in step conscripts learning to march in step (= in time with each other)
2 walk in a large group to protest about sth
PREP. for marching for peace | in support of protesters marching in support of the students' demands | on The demonstrators marched on the Italian embassy. | through marching peacefully through the town centre | to, towards