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bounce

verb [I/T]  /bɑʊns/ us  

bounce verb [I/T] (JUMP)

to move up or away after hitting a surface, or to cause something to move this way: [I] The basketball bounced off the rim of the basket. [T] She bounced the baby on her knee. [I] fig. Tom bounced into the room (= walked in a happy, energetic way).

bounce verb [I/T] (NOT PAY)

infml (of a check) to not be paid or accepted by a bank because of a lack of money in the account, or to pay with a check for which there is not enough money in the account: [T] He’s bounced checks before, but never on this account.

bounce

noun /bɑʊns/

bounce noun (JUMP)

[C] an occasion when something such as a ball moves up or away after hitting a surface: In tennis you must hit the ball before its second bounce. [U] the quality of being able to bounce: a ball that has lost its bounce
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