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Definition of pound verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pound
    he / she / it pounds
    past simple pounded
    -ing form pounding
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to hit something or someone hard many times, especially in a way that makes a lot of noise synonym hammer pound at/against/on something Heavy rain pounded on the roof. All she could hear was the sound of waves pounding against the cliffs. Someone was pounding at the door. pound away (at/against/on something) The factory's machinery pounded away day and night. pound somebody/something (with something) She pounded him with her fists. Thesaurusbeatbatter pound lash hammerThese words all mean to hit someone or something many times, especially hard.beat to hit someone or something many times, especially very hard:Someone was beating at the door. A young man was found beaten to death last night. At that time, children were often beaten for quite minor offenses (= as a punishment).batter to hit someone or something hard many times, especially in a way that causes serious damage:He was badly battered about the head and face. Severe winds are battering the coast.pound to hit someone or something hard many times, especially in a way that makes a lot of noise:Heavy rain pounded on the roof. She pounded on the table with her fist.lash to hit someone or something with great force:The rain lashed at the window. The subject of lash is often rain, wind, hail, sea, or waves.hammer to hit someone or something hard many times, in a way that is noisy or violent:He hammered at the lock, but it would not open. (figurative)She hammered him with difficult questions.pound or hammer?There is not much difference in meaning between these two, but to pound is sometimes a steadier action. To hammer can be more violent and it is often used figuratively.Patterns to beat/batter/pound/lash/hammer somebody/something with something to beat/batter/pound/lash/hammer against something to beat/batter/pound/hammer on something to beat/batter/hammer something down the rain/wind/sea beats/batters/pounds/lashes (at) something
  2. walk noisily
  3. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move with noisy steps She pounded down the corridor after him.
  4. of heart/blood
  5. 3[intransitive] to beat quickly and loudly Her heart was pounding with excitement. The blood was pounding (= making a beating noise) in his ears. Her head began to pound. a pounding headache
  6. break into pieces
  7. 4[transitive] pound something (to/into something) to hit something many times in order to break it into smaller pieces The seeds were pounded to a fine powder.
  8. attack with bombs
  9. 5[transitive] pound something to attack an area with a large number of bombs over a period of time The area is still being pounded by rebel guns.
  10. of music
  11. 6[intransitive] pound (out) to be played loudly Rock music was pounding out from the jukebox.
  12. Idioms
    pound the pavement/streets
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    to spend a lot of time going from place to place looking for something, especially a job With the country’s jobless rate increasing, the number of people pounding the pavement had become a growing worry.
    Phrasal Verbspound somethingout
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