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



    BrE BrE//baʊns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//baʊns//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bounce
    BrE BrE//baʊns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//baʊns//
    he / she / it bounces
    BrE BrE//ˈbaʊnsɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaʊnsɪz//
    past simple bounced
    BrE BrE//baʊnst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//baʊnst//
    past participle bounced
    BrE BrE//baʊnst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//baʊnst//
    -ing form bouncing
    BrE BrE//ˈbaʊnsɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaʊnsɪŋ//
    Energetic, Email
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    move off surface
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] if something bounces or you bounce it, it moves quickly away from a surface it has just hit or you make it do this The ball bounced twice before he could reach it. bounce off something Short sound waves bounce off even small objects. The light bounced off the river and dazzled her. bounce something (against/on/off something) She bounced the ball against the wall.
  2. move up and down
  3. 2[intransitive] bounce (up and down) (on something) (of a person) to jump up and down on something She bounced up and down excitedly on the bed.
  4. 3[transitive] bounce somebody (up and down) (on something) to move a child up and down while he or she is sitting on your knee in order to entertain him or her
  5. 4[intransitive, transitive] bounce (something) (up and down) to move up and down; to move something up and down Her hair bounced as she walked.
  6. 5[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move up and down in a particular direction The bus bounced down the hill.
  7. move with energy
  8. 6[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of a person) to move somewhere in a lively and cheerful way He bounced across the room to greet them. See related entries: Energetic
  9. cheque
  10. 7[intransitive, transitive] bounce (something) (informal) if a cheque bounces, or a bank bounces it, the bank refuses to accept it because there is not enough money in the bank account to pay it
  11. ideas
  12. 8[transitive] bounce ideas (off somebody)/(around) to tell somebody your ideas in order to find out what they think about them He bounced ideas off colleagues everywhere he went.
  13. computing
  14. 9[intransitive, transitive] bounce (something) (back) if an email bounces or the system bounces it, it returns to the person who sent it because the system cannot deliver it I tried to send her an email but it bounced. The system automatically bounces emails which contain attachments. See related entries: Email
  15. make somebody leave
  16. 10[transitive] bounce somebody (from something) (informal, especially North American English) to force somebody to leave a job, team, place, etc. He was soon bounced from the post.
  17. Word OriginMiddle English bunsen ‘beat, thump’, perhaps imitative, or from Low German bunsen ‘beat’, Dutch bons ‘a thump’.Extra examples The ball bounced high and she missed it. The idea had been bouncing around in my head for some time. The stone hit the window but bounced off. I bounced the baby on my knee while Pat did the dishes. The car bounced its way along the dirt road.Idioms
    be bouncing off the walls
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    (informal) to be so full of energy or so excited that you cannot keep still The kids have been bouncing off the walls all day. See related entries: Excitement
    Phrasal Verbsbounce backbounce back (from something)bounce somebody into something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bounce