ache ( aches plural & 3rd person present) ( aching present participle) ( ached past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you ache or a part of your body aches, you feel a steady, fairly strong pain.
Her head was throbbing and she ached all over... V adv/prep
My leg still aches when I sit down... V
The weary walkers soothed their aching feet in the sea. V-ing
2 n-count An ache is a steady, fairly strong pain in a part of your body.
usu with supp, oft N in n, n N
Poor posture can cause neck ache, headaches and breathing problems.
3 verb If you achefor something or your heart aches, you want something very much, and feel very unhappy because you cannot have it.
She still ached for the lost intimacy and sexual contact of marriage... V for n
It was quite an achievement to keep smiling when his heart must have been aching. V
4 You can use aches and pains to refer in a general way to any minor pains that you feel in your body.
aches and pains phrase It seems to ease all the aches and pains of a hectic and tiring day.
stomach ache ( stomach aches plural ) , stomachache If you have a stomach-ache, you have a pain in your stomach. n-var
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