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ache

ache

 
pronunciation:
eIk
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: ached, aches, aching
definition 1: to produce or experience a dull, constant pain.
My leg muscles are aching after all that climbing.I've got the flu and I ache all over.
 
synonyms:
hurt, pain, smart, throb, twinge
similar words:
gnaw, pinch, suffer
definition 2: to feel pity, compassion, or sadness.
Her heart was aching for the injured athlete.
synonyms:
agonize, feel for, grieve, sorrow
similar words:
lament, mourn, pity, suffer
definition 3: (informal) to yearn.
The soldiers were aching to be back home.
synonyms:
crave, hanker, hunger, long, pine, yearn
similar words:
desire, need, pant, want
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a dull, constant pain.
I have an ache in my right shoulder from scrubbing the floor.
 
synonyms:
hurt, pain, soreness, throb, twinge
similar words:
affliction, discomfort, distress, heartache, misery, pang, smart, suffering
derivation: achingly (adv.)
Word Builder: kinds of aches
  • backache:
    pain in the back.
  • bellyache:
    pain in the belly
  • headache:
    pain in the head.
  • stomachache:
    pain in the stomach.
  • toothache:
    pain in a tooth.
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