Meaning of “bounce” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb uk us /baʊns/
BALL [ I, T ]

B2 to hit a surface and then move quickly away, or to make something do this:

The ball bounced high into the air.
JUMP [ I ]

to jump up and down several times on a soft surface:

The children loved bouncing on the bed.
bounce along/around/into, etc

to move somewhere in a happy and energetic way:

Sarah bounced into the room with a big smile on her face.
NOT PAY [ I, T ]

If a cheque (= piece of printed paper you write on to pay for things) bounces, or a bank bounces it, the bank will not pay it because there is not enough money in the account.

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