- 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 [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[intransitive] to move in a lively way The children danced around her. The sun shone on the sea and the waves danced and sparkled. The words danced before her tired eyes. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French dancer (verb), dance (noun), of unknown origin.Extra examples He was almost dancing for joy. They danced wildly down the street. We danced to the music. Will you dance with me?Idioms (British English, formal) to be with somebody and do things to help and please them to dance for the whole evening or night to do whatever somebody tells you to
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BrE BrE//dɑːns//; NAmE NAmE//dæns//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dance
BrE BrE//dɑːns//; NAmE NAmE//dæns//he / she / it dances
BrE BrE//ˈdɑːnsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdænsɪz//past simple danced
BrE BrE//dɑːnst//; NAmE NAmE//dænst//past participle danced
BrE BrE//dɑːnst//; NAmE NAmE//dænst//-ing form dancing
BrE BrE//ˈdɑːnsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdænsɪŋ//