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ache

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verb \ˈāk\

Simple Definition of ache

  • : to produce a dull continuous pain : to hurt in a way that is constant but not severe

  • : to want or desire something or someone very much

Full Definition of ache

achedach·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to suffer a usually dull persistent pain <an aching back> b :  to become distressed or disturbed (as with anxiety or regret) <aching with sadness> c :  to feel compassion <my heart aches for those poor people>

  3. 2 :  to experience a painful eagerness or yearning <he is aching to go>

Examples of ache

  1. Her muscles were aching from shoveling snow.

  2. After running the marathon, his body ached for a week.

  3. The candy's so sweet that it makes my teeth ache.



Origin of ache

Middle English aken, from Old English acan


First Known Use: before 12th century


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ache

noun

Simple Definition of ache

  • : a pain that is not sharp but continues for a long time

Full Definition of ache

  1. 1 :  a usually dull persistent pain

  2. 2 :  a condition marked by aching

Examples of ache

  1. He had a dull ache in his back from lifting boxes all day.

  2. <a dull pounding ache in his head>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of ache

before 12th century


ACHE Defined for Kids

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ache

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verb \ˈāk\

Definition of ache

achedach·ing

  1. 1 :  to suffer a dull continuous pain <My muscles ached from shoveling snow.>

  2. 2 :  to desire very much :  yearn <She aches for someone to talk to.>




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ache

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noun

Definition of ache

  1. :  a dull continuous pain





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