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Definition of ache noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(often in compounds) a continuous feeling of pain in a part of the body Mommy, I've got a tummy ache. Muscle aches and pains can be soothed by a relaxing massage.
  2. 2(figurative) an ache in my heart (= a continuous sad feeling) see also achy, bellyache, heartache
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