ache Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “ache” in the English Dictionary

"ache" in British English

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achenoun [C]

uk   us   /eɪk/
B1 a ​continuouspain 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 ​continuouspain in the ​statedpart: earache/a ​headache/​toothache/​backache I've had a ​stomach ache all ​morning.
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acheverb [I]

uk   us   /eɪk/
B2 to have a ​continuouspain 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.
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(Definition of ache from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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achenoun [C]

 us   /eɪk/
a ​continuouspain 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 ​continuouspain that is ​unpleasant but not usually ​strong: [I] They did pushups until ​theirarms ached. [I] fig. Her ​heart ached (= She ​felt very ​sorry) for the ​people who had ​losttheirlovedones in the ​planecrash.
(Definition of ache from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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