Verb ache Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


ache (third-person singular simple present aches, present participle aching, simple past ached or (obsolete) oke, past participle ached or (obsolete) aken)

  1. (intransitive) To suffer pain; to be the source of, or be in, pain, especially continued dull pain; to be distressed.
  2. (transitive, literary, rare) To cause someone or something to suffer pain.
Derived terms
be in pain

More definition: have or suffer a continuous, dull pain, His whole body ached. feel great sympathy, pity, or the like, Her heart ached for the starving animals. feel eager; yearn; long, She ached to be the champion. He's just aching to get even.

4.a continuous, dull pain (in contrast to a sharp, sudden, or sporadic pain).

1. to feel, suffer, or be the source of a continuous dull pain

2. to suffer mental anguish noun

3. a continuous dull pain Derived Formsaching, adjectiveachingly, adverb Word OriginOld English ācan (vb), æce (n), Middle English aken (vb), ache (n). Compare bake, batchCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
Old English acan "to ache, suffer pain," from Proto-Germanic *akanan, perhaps from a PIE root *ag-es- "fault, guilt," represented also in Sanskrit and Greek, perhaps imitative of groaning. The verb was pronounced "ake," the noun "ache" (as in speak/speech) but while the noun changed pronunciation to conform to the verb, the spelling of both was changed to ache c.1700 on a false assumption of a Greek origin (specifically Greek akhos "pain, distress," which is rather a distant relation of awe (n.)). Related, Ached; aching.
early 15c., æche, from Old English æce, from Proto-Germanic *akiz, from same source as ache (v.).

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2. American Council for Headache Education The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third EditionCopyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. Cite This Source


When the ache had left her legs numb, and her breath was no longer coming in gasps, they started out again - across sand dunes - up and down.

Gazing at Dusty's trusted Guardian, she felt a familiar ache, the same she felt telling Jonny his fate.

The ache within her deepened at the idea of trusting someone for the first time in her life, and the energy flowing between them grew more intense.

A slow, languid smile crossed his features, one that made her body flush and ache for him.

Cold air made his lungs ache, and he slowed then stopped, buckling over to catch his breath.

She couldn't quell the deep ache within her that longed for his touch.

Dean said through gritted teeth, his hands beginning to ache against the strain of the tightened rope.

The ache deep within her started again.

When his eldest brother died, he'd felt pain and anger, but he'd never felt the crippling ache he did standing on the rocks near the ocean staring at Katie.

Alex knew how to make every nerve in her body ache for him.

An ache that remembered what it'd been like to trust someone else.

A day beneath ground made her eyes ache in the full light of day.

The memory of his hands on her body, and his mouth branding her skin, made her ache to feel his touch again.

The two falls at Wildbad-Gastein (196 and 296 ft.); the fall, by which the Gasteiner Ache discharges itself into the Salzach, near Lend; the Tauern fall (660 ft.), formed by the Tauern Ache on the N.

The dear, sweet little girl, it makes my heart ache to think how utterly she is cut off from all that is good and desirable in life.

Terrible anguish struck her heart, she felt a dreadful ache as if something was being torn inside her and she were dying.

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