ache Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “ache” in the English Dictionary

"ache" in British English

See all translations

achenoun [C]

uk   /eɪk/ us   /eɪk/
B1 a continuous pain that is unpleasant but not very strong: As you get older, you have all sorts of aches and pains. I've got a dull (= slight) ache in my lower back.
B1 used in combinations with parts of the body to mean a continuous pain in the stated part: earache/a headache/toothache/backache I've had a stomach ache all morning.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

acheverb [I]

uk   /eɪk/ us   /eɪk/
B2 to have a continuous pain that is unpleasant but not very strong: My head/tooth/back aches. I ache/I'm aching all over. I've got one or two aching muscles after yesterday's run.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

Phrasal verbs
(Definition of ache from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ache" in American English

See all translations

achenoun [C]

us   /eɪk/
a continuous pain that is unpleasant but not usually strong: She has a fever, muscle aches, and a cough.
Ache is often used in combination: earache/headache/toothache

acheverb

us   /eɪk/
to have a continuous pain that is unpleasant but not usually strong: [I] They did pushups until their arms ached. [I] fig. Her heart ached (= She felt very sorry) for the people who had lost their loved ones in the plane crash.
(Definition of ache from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of ache?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“ache” in British English

“ache” in American English

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

sunburned

Sunburned skin has become red and sore by being in the strong heat of the sun for too long, or is very suntanned.

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More