Meaning of “bounce” in the English Dictionary

"bounce" in British English

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uk /baʊns/ us /baʊns/

bounce verb (JUMP)

B1 [ I or T ] to (cause to) move up or away after hitting a surface:

The ball bounced off the goalpost and into the net.
She bounced the ball quickly.
Her bag bounced (= moved up and down) against her side as she walked.
The children had broken the bed by bouncing (= jumping up and down) on it.
He bounced the baby (= lifted it up and down) on his knee.
figurative Television pictures from all over the world are bounced off satellites (= are sent to and returned from them).

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bouncenoun [ C or U ]

uk /baʊns/ us /baʊns/

the act of bouncing, or the quality that makes something able to bounce:

In tennis you have to hit the ball before its second bounce.
figurative This shampoo will give your hair bounce (= make it look attractively thick) and shine.


(Definition of “bounce” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bounce" in American English

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bounceverb [ I/T ]

us /bɑʊns/

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 (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

(Definition of “bounce” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bounce" in Business English

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bounceverb [ I or T ]

uk /baʊns/ us

BANKING if a cheque bounces, or a bank bounces it, the bank refuses to pay it because there is not enough money in the account:

The bank immediately froze the account and bounced outstanding cheques.
Payments of $1 million were coming due, but when investors went to cash the checks, they bounced.

IT, COMMUNICATIONS if an email that you send bounces or is bounced, it is returned to you because the address is wrong or there is a computer problem:

Customers may be annoyed that spam defences bounce their legitimate e-mail.
The report they'd asked me to send bounced, because the email address was invalid.

FINANCE, ECONOMICS to suddenly increase, often after falling to its lowest level:

Analysts say that the US economy has bounced.
bounce 10%/10p/10 points The Group's shares bounced 20% yesterday as it unveiled its half-year results.

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bouncenoun [ C, usually singular ]

uk /baʊns/ us

ECONOMICS, FINANCE a sudden increase in value, price, etc.:

Dealers took their cue from a strong bounce on Wall Street to push prices higher.
a bounce in sth Confidence is growing that we will see a bounce in consumer spending.
Today's recovery is being led by a bounce in the technology sector.
a bounce back Despite a bounce back in prices after the sales, the volume of business in stores rose in August.

(Definition of “bounce” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)