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What does the movies word mean in the following statements?

  • If you went to the movies, I would babysit.
  • If only I had more money, I could go to the movies too.

Does it mean cinema or theater?

movies: the showing of movies at a theater. Cambridge Dictianary

but the definition isn't clear to me. it is look like the word is verb.

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  • Almost all English nouns can be verbed. The word movies comes from moving pictures.
    – Robusto
    Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 20:00
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    It is a plural noun from the singular movie.
    – TimR
    Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 20:07

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Your interpretation is correct. Going to the movies means going to the theater where movies are shown (to see a movie).

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It is a plural noun from the singular movie.

The singular movie refers to an individual film, such as Jurassic Park.

In the plural, movies can refer either to more than one film

That director makes pretty good movies.

or to the screening of movies as a form of entertainment that one can attend:

Would you like to go to the movies this weekend?

That could be paraphrased, "Would you like to go to a movie theater this weekend, to see a movie?"

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  • How people can go to movies? I can understand go to cinema. can people go to books?! but they can go to library.
    – Shannak
    Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 20:20
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    @Shannak You can't think of it literally. You have to accept that it's an idiom. Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 21:09

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