dance ( dances plural & 3rd person present) ( dancing present participle) ( danced past tense & past participle )
1 verb When you dance, you move your body and feet in a way which follows a rhythm, usually in time to music.
Polly had never learned to dance... V
I like to dance to the music on the radio. V to n
2 n-count A dance is a particular series of graceful movements of your body and feet, which you usually do in time to music.
Sometimes the people doing this dance hold brightly colored scarves..., She describes the tango as a very sexy dance.
3 v-recip When you dancewith someone, the two of you take part in a dance together, as partners. You can also say that two people dance.
It's a terrible thing when nobody wants to dance with you... V with n
Shall we dance?... pl-n V
He asked her to dance. V (non-recip)
Dance is also a noun., n-count
Come and have a dance with me.
4 n-count A dance is a social event where people dance with each other.
...the school dance.
5 n-uncount Dance is the activity of performing dances, as a public entertainment or an art form.
She loves dance, drama and music..., ...dance classes.
6 verb If you dance a particular kind of dance, you do it or perform it.
Then we put the music on, and we all danced the Charleston... V n
7 verb If you dance somewhere, you move there lightly and quickly, usually because you are happy or excited.
LITERARY He danced off down the road... V adv/prep
8 verb If you say that something dances, you mean that it moves about, or seems to move about, lightly and quickly.
LITERARY Light danced on the surface of the water... V adv/prep
to dance to someone's tune →
to make a song and dance about →
song and dance
barn dance ( barn dances plural ) A barn dance is a social event people go to for country dancing. n-count
dance floor ( dance floors plural ) , dancefloor In a restaurant or night club, the dance floor is the area where people can dance. n-count
dance hall ( dance halls plural ) Dance halls were large rooms or buildings where people used to pay to go and dance, usually in the evening.
dance studio ( dance studios plural ) A dance studio is a place where people pay to learn how to dance. n-count
dinner dance ( dinner dances plural ) , dinner-dance A dinner dance is a social event where a large number of people come to have dinner and to dance. Dinner dances are held in the evening at hotels, restaurants, and social clubs.
song and dance
1 n-uncount A song and dance act is a performance in which a person or group of people sing and dance.
usu N n
2 If you say that someone is making a song and danceabout something, you mean they are making an unnecessary fuss about it.
a song and dance phrase
He used his money to help others<endash>but he never made a song and dance about it.
square dance ( square dances plural )
1 n-count A square dance is a traditional American dance in which sets of four couples dance together, forming a square at the beginning of the dance.
2 n-count A square dance is a social event where people dance square dances.
tea dance ( tea dances plural ) A tea dance is a social event that takes place in the afternoon, where people meet to dance and have tea. Tea dances are especially popular with older people. n-count