Definition of ache verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    ache

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//eɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ache
    BrE BrE//eɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪk//
     
    he / she / it aches
    BrE BrE//eɪks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪks//
     
    past simple ached
    BrE BrE//eɪkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪkt//
     
    past participle ached
    BrE BrE//eɪkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪkt//
     
    -ing form aching
    BrE BrE//ˈeɪkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪkɪŋ//
     
    Being ill
     
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  1. 1to feel a continuous dull pain synonym hurt I'm aching all over. ache from something Her eyes ached from lack of sleep. (figurative) It makes my heart ache (= it makes me sad) to see her suffer. Synonymshurtache burn sting tingle itch throbThese are all words that can be used when part of your body feels painful.hurt (of part of your body) to feel painful; (of an action) to cause pain:My feet hurt. Ouch! That hurt!ache to feel a continuous dull pain:I’m aching all over.burn (of part of your body) to feel very hot and painful:Our eyes were burning from the chemicals in the air.sting to make somebody feel a sharp burning pain or uncomfortable feeling in part of their body; (of part of your body) to feel this pain:My eyes were stinging from the smoke.tingle (of part of your body) to feel as if a lot of small sharp points are pushing into the skin there:The cold air made her face tingle.itch to have an uncomfortable feeling on your skin that makes you want to scratch; to make your skin feel like this:I itch all over. Does the rash itch?throb (of part of your body) to feel pain as a series of regular beats:His head throbbed painfully.Patterns your eyes hurt/​ache/​burn/​sting/​itch your skin hurts/​burns/​stings/​tingles/​itches your flesh hurts/​burns/​stings/​tingles your head hurts/​aches/​throbs your stomach hurts/​aches to really hurt/​ache/​burn/​sting/​tingle/​itch/​throb to hurt/​ache/​sting/​itch badly/​a lot It hurts/​stings/​tingles/​itches. See related entries: Being ill
  2. 2(formal) to have a strong desire for somebody/something or to do something synonym long ache for somebody/something I was aching for home. ache to do something He ached to see her.
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