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1ache

verb \ˈāk\

: 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

achedach·ing

Full Definition of ACHE

intransitive verb
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>
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

2ache

noun

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

Full Definition of ACHE

1
:  a usually dull persistent pain
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>

First Known Use of ACHE

before 12th century

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic
ACHE Defined for Kids

1ache

verb \ˈāk\
achedach·ing

Definition of ACHE for Kids

1
:  to suffer a dull continuous pain <My muscles ached from shoveling snow.>
2
:  to desire very much :  yearn <She aches for someone to talk to.>

2ache

noun

Definition of ACHE for Kids

:  a dull continuous pain

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