dance

verb
\ ˈdan(t)s How to pronounce dance (audio) , ˈdän(t)s \
danced; dancing

Definition of dance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to move one's body rhythmically usually to music : to engage in or perform a dance (see dance entry 2 sense 2) dancing to our favorite song Shall we dance?
2 : to move or seem to move up and down or about in a quick or lively manner dance for joy leaves dancing in the wind

transitive verb

1 : to perform or take part in as a dancer dance the waltz
2 : to cause to dance danced the baby on her knee
3 : to bring into a specified condition by dancing danced his way into her heart
dance attendance
: to attend in an eager and servile manner a celebrity used to having people dance attendance on him

dance

noun, often attributive

Definition of dance (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of moving one's body rhythmically usually to music : an act or instance of dancing (see dance entry 1 sense 1) the couple's first dance as husband and wife May I have this dance?
2 : a series of rhythmic and patterned bodily movements usually performed to music slow dances dance moves
3 : a social gathering for dancing a high school dance
4 : a piece of music by which dancing may be guided
5 : the art of dancing studied dance in college

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Other Words from dance

Verb

danceable \ ˈdan(t)-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce danceable (audio) \ adjective
dancer noun

Synonyms for dance

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of dance in a Sentence

Verb He never learned how to dance. She has always loved to dance. I like the song but it's really hard to dance to. He danced her across the floor. She dances with a famous ballet company. She's a great actress, and she can dance and sing, too. Noun They can do all the popular dances. The only dance he knows how to do is the twist. How about one more dance? He stopped right in the middle of the dance to tie his shoe. He did a celebration dance in the end zone after scoring the touchdown. She studied dance in college.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Relatives described Brooks as a loving father of three daughters and a stepson who had a bright smile and a big heart and loved to dance. NBC News, "'When does it stop?' Slain man's family makes tearful plea," 16 June 2020 Relatives described Brooks as a loving father of three daughters and a stepson who had a bright smile and a big heart and loved to dance. Dallas News, "‘When does it stop?’ Slain man’s family makes tearful plea," 16 June 2020 Relatives described Brooks as a loving father of three daughters and a stepson who had a bright smile and a big heart and loved to dance. Russ Bynum, Anchorage Daily News, "‘When does it stop?’ Slain man’s family makes tearful plea," 16 June 2020 People speak at open mics, cook, paint protest art, light candles at a memorial to those killed by police, garden, watch documentaries and dance in the streets. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘History in the making’? Seattle protest zone prompts rethink on policing.," 16 June 2020 Relatives described Brooks as a loving father of three daughters and a stepson who had a bright smile, a big heart and loved to dance. Time, "‘When Does It Stop?’ Family of Atlanta Police Killing Victim Rayshard Brooks Makes Tearful Plea for Justice," 15 June 2020 Throngs of people, most without masks, gathered along St. Mark's Place, three blocks lined with bars and restaurants in Manhattan's Lower East Side, to drink, dance and listen to live music. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Monday, June 15," 15 June 2020 And the super-n—r is loved for his athletic abilities, the way the super-n—r can dance, the way the super-n—r can sing. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Spike Lee breaks down the explosive Do The Right Thing scene between Mookie and Pino," 11 June 2020 Students will be requested to wear masks to enter and leave the building but may take them off to dance. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Guide to when Cleveland-area entertainment options, museums, more are opening," 9 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The charges against Riot House come as videos of packed clubs with dance floors full of customers in Scottsdale have flooded social media since the state reopened businesses in the midst of the COVID-19 health crisis. Lorraine Longhi, The Arizona Republic, "Scottsdale nightclub Riot House charged for failing to enforce social distancing, mask requirements," 25 June 2020 Not one to sip a drink and gently sway to the beat, Snooki put her former cheerleading skills to good use and proceeded to back flip her way across the dance floor. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "The party's leaving: Snooki's snookiest Jersey Shore moments," 18 June 2020 However, no dance floors are permitted and performers must play at a volume that still allows for employees and patrons to converse while keeping six feet of distance between them. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Kid Rock's Honky Tonk restaurant cited for violating coronavirus reopening restrictions," 15 June 2020 Those who attend are supposed to stay distanced, although the vendors noted that people are putting aside the fear of the virus to hug, dance and celebrate. al, "Say ‘yes’ to fall weddings: COVID-19 shifts wedding season to football season," 12 June 2020 Other weekend-night-only activities to consider include dance parties in which every family member creates a 20-minute playlist or a movie night with themed snacks. Heather E. Schwartz, National Geographic, "Parents to COVID-19: We’re taking back our weekends.," 11 June 2020 Chicago will host a slate of new summer events, including at-home dance parties, drive-in movies, virtual concerts and community meals for frontline workers, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot said in a news release Tuesday. NBC News, "Fauci: HIV is "really simple" compared to COVID-19," 11 June 2020 The city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced an alternative summer program featuring 150 events including virtual concerts, drive-in movies and at-home dance parties. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lollapalooza in Chicago canceled for 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic, will host livestream event July 30 to Aug. 2," 9 June 2020 Initially, dance floors were to remain closed for wedding receptions. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio: You can dance again – but not too close," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of dance

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dance

Verb and Noun

Middle English dauncen, from Anglo-French dancer

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The first known use of dance was in the 14th century

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27 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dance. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for dance

dance

verb
How to pronounce dance (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move your body in a way that goes with the rhythm and style of music that is being played
: to move with and guide (someone) as music plays : to dance with (someone)
: to perform (a particular type of dance)

dance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dance (Entry 2 of 2)

: a series of movements that are done as music is playing : a way of dancing
: an act of dancing
: the art or activity of dancing

dance

verb
\ ˈdans How to pronounce dance (audio) \
danced; dancing

Kids Definition of dance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to step or move through a series of movements usually in time to music
2 : to move about or up and down quickly and lightly Butterflies danced in the garden.

Other Words from dance

dancer noun

dance

noun

Kids Definition of dance (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of stepping or moving through a series of movements usually in time to music
2 : a social gathering for dancing
3 : a set of movements or steps for dancing usually in time to special music The samba is a popular dance of Brazil.
4 : the art of dancing She is studying dance.

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