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

 

pounce

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//paʊns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//paʊns//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pounce
BrE BrE//paʊns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//paʊns//
 
he / she / it pounces
BrE BrE//ˈpaʊnsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaʊnsɪz//
 
past simple pounced
BrE BrE//paʊnst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//paʊnst//
 
past participle pounced
BrE BrE//paʊnst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//paʊnst//
 
-ing form pouncing
BrE BrE//ˈpaʊnsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaʊnsɪŋ//
 
 
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to move suddenly forwards in order to attack or catch somebody/something The lion crouched ready to pounce. The cat crouched down as if about to pounce. pounce on/upon somebody/something The muggers pounced on her as she got out of the car. Rooney pounced on the loose ball and scored. The cat crouched down as if about to pounce. Word Origin late Middle English (as a noun denoting a tool for stamping or punching): origin obscure, perhaps from puncheon. The noun sense ‘a bird's claw’ arose in the late 15th cent. and gave rise to the verb (late 17th cent.). Phrasal Verbspounce on something
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