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Definition of "ache" []

  • To suffer a dull, sustained pain. (verb-intransitive)
  • To feel sympathy or compassion. (verb-intransitive)
  • To yearn painfully: refugees who ached for their homeland. (verb-intransitive)
  • A dull, steady pain. See Synonyms at pain. (noun)
  • A longing or desire; a yen. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ache" in a sentence
  • "My back and hips were beginning to ache from the unforgiving concrete pressing against them."
  • "A cradle, to wrap myself in him on nights when the ache is unbearable and I feel as if I will bleed him."
  • "This was news to me - I just thought I had lower back-ache from the new bed."