The description of the booming blade cantrip says (SCAG, p. 142; emphasis mine):

As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon against one creature within the spell's range, otherwise the spell fails. On a hit, the target suffers the attack's normal effects, and it becomes sheathed in booming energy until the start of your next turn. If the target willingly moves before then, it immediately takes 1d8 thunder damage, and the spell ends.

Does "moves" refer to moving from one location to another, or is it any action that would require movement (e.g. attacking or using items, etc.)?


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Rules designer Jeremy Crawford unofficially clarified via Twitter that it refers to using your movement, as in "I move X feet" - not a generic "move", as in "I scratch my nose":

When booming blade refers to moving, it means movement in the game's normal sense: moving X feet.

Moreover, standing from prone, while it uses movement, does not count as a move for the booming blade spell, as Crawford has also clarified:

Standing up costs movement but moves you nowhere. To move while prone, you crawl or use magic (PH, 191).

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    \$\begingroup\$ One thing to note as well with this is that the movement of the target has to be of their own conviction, forced movement doesn't work. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 4, 2017 at 20:28

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