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

 

retch

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//retʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//retʃ//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they retch
BrE BrE//retʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//retʃ//
 
he / she / it retches
BrE BrE//ˈretʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈretʃɪz//
 
past simple retched
BrE BrE//retʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//retʃt//
 
past participle retched
BrE BrE//retʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//retʃt//
 
-ing form retching
BrE BrE//ˈretʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈretʃɪŋ//
 
 
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to make sounds and movements as if you are vomiting although you do not actually do so The smell made her retch. Word Originmid 19th cent.: variant of dialect reach, from a Germanic base meaning ‘spittle’.
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