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Definition of dance verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dance
    he / she / it dances
    past simple danced
    -ing form dancing
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  1. 1[intransitive] to move your body to the sound and rhythm of music Do you want to dance? He asked me to dance. They stayed up all night singing and dancing. They danced to the music of a string quartet. Ruth danced all evening with Richard. Ruth and Richard danced together all evening.
  2. 2[transitive] dance something to do a particular type of dance to dance the tango to dance a waltz He was so excited about the good news that he danced a little jig.
  3. 3[intransitive] to move in a lively way The children danced around her. The sun shone on the ocean and the waves danced and sparkled. The words danced before her tired eyes.
  4. Idioms
    dance the night away
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    to dance for the whole evening or night
    dance to somebody's tune
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    to do whatever someone tells you to
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dance