Ache - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |eɪk|  American pronunciation of the word ache
Brit.  |eɪk|  British pronunciation of the word ache


- a dull persistent (usually moderately intense) pain (syn: aching)
- feel physical pain (syn: hurt, suffer)
- have a desire for something or someone who is not present (syn: languish, pine, yearn, yen)
She ached for a cigarette
- be the source of pain (syn: hurt, smart)


Her muscles were aching from shoveling snow.

After running the marathon, his body ached for a week.

The candy's so sweet that it makes my teeth ache.

He had a dull ache in his back from lifting boxes all day.

...a dull pounding ache in his head...

He felt a dull ache in his shoulder.

I have aches and pains all over.

My ear aches.

He was aching all over.

She was aching with weariness.

My heart aches for him.

She is simply aching to get back.

His feet were aching from standing so long.

I'm aching for sleep.

He ached to reach out and hold her close.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: ache
he/she/it: aches
present participle: aching
past tense: ached
past participle: ached
singular: ache
plural: aches
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