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pounce

pounce

 
 
pronunciation:
paUns
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: pounced, pounces, pouncing
definition: to jump or swoop down in order to grab or take something.
The basketball player pounced on the ball.
similar words:
swoop
 
part of speech: noun
definition: the act of pouncing on something.
With one pounce, the cat caught the mouse.
Word History
Pounce comes from pownse, an early English word that means "the talon or claw of a bird of prey."
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