What is meaning of this statement:

It is ok. We will need to move on.

The context is that I wanted to apologize for a problem or conflict. When I told the person I wanted to apologize, they said "It's ok. We will need to move on."

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    If you ask for "meaning in context" we will need context...
    – Stephie
    Dec 15 '15 at 6:18
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    In general, it means don't bother or worry too much for what has happened. Keep going, don't disturb your routine and stick to your goals.
    – Maulik V
    Dec 15 '15 at 6:32
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is English Language Learners not Relationship Advice - from the comments it is still ambiguous what the dialogue partner said and OP will have to ask for clarification there.
    – Stephie
    Dec 15 '15 at 7:39
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    I'll use ~ to mean "roughly means / could be understood as". It is ok ~ "Don't worry"; We will need to move on is a bit trickier because move on could mean several things. Her tone should've given you a clue whether she meant "We will need to move on, each on our own way" or "We will need to move on together". Dec 16 '15 at 10:10
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    I have edited the question to include the context specified by the OP in the comment. I believe it is answerable now, and a valid question. The OP supplies enough information to suggest that the utterance was made after a conflict occurred. To move on, in this context, quite certainly means the following, or something very closely related to it: (intransitive) to put a difficult experience behind one and progress mentally or emotionally collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/move-on Dec 16 '15 at 11:38

Move on can be a phrasal verb that means "to consider finished/completed" or "to stop worrying about/thinking about/remembering something."

It's commonly used with failed relationships or traumatic events, but can be used with any type of event or task. It can imply that you encountered something that blocked your progress and decided it was more worth it to stop rather than waste time continuing.

Are you still cleaning the kitchen?

No, the faucet in the sink is broken. I've moved on and am now cleaning the living room.

From is the preposition to use if you want to include the event or task.

No. I've moved on from cleaning the kitchen and am now cleaning the living room.

Note that move on can also still mean to physically move on to something, in which case move will have an object.

I moved the car on the driveway.

Also: make a move on X means "to do something to X that escalates the situation or causes progress" - and get a move on is equivalent to saying "hurry up" or "go/do something faster."

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