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ache

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verb \ˈāk\

Definition of ache

ached

;

aching

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of ache

Middle English aken, from Old English acan to ache


First Known Use: before 12th century


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ache

noun

Definition of ache

  1. 1 :  a usually dull persistent pain <had an ache in his back>

  2. 2 :  a condition marked by aching <looked through the old pictures with a dull ache in her heart>

Examples of ache in a sentence

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

  2. <a dull pounding ache in his head>

Origin and Etymology of ache

see 1ache


First Known Use: before 12th century


ACHE Defined for English Language Learners

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ache

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verb \ˈāk\

Definition of ache for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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ache

noun

Definition of ache for English Language Learners

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


ACHE Defined for Kids

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ache

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verb \ˈāk\

Definition of ache for Students

ached

aching

  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 for Students

  1. :  a dull continuous pain


Medical Dictionary

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ache

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intransitive verb \ˈāk\

Medical Definition of ache

ached

;

aching

  1. :  to suffer a usually dull persistent pain


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ache

noun

Medical Definition of ache

  1. 1:  a usually dull persistent pain

  2. 2:  a condition marked by aching


AChE

abbreviation

Medical Definition of AChE

  1. acetylcholinesterase



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