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ache in Illness & disability topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishacheache1 /eɪk/ ●○○ verb [intransitive]  1 MIif part of your body aches, you feel a continuous, but not very sharp pain there syn hurt His feet were aching from standing so long.see thesaurus at hurtRegisterIn everyday English, people usually say they have a headache, have (a) backache, have (a) stomach ache, or have (a) toothache rather than saying that their head, back, etc aches: My head aches terribly. → I have a terrible headache.2 WANTto want to do or have something very muchache for I’m aching for sleep.ache to do something He ached to reach out and hold her close.3 to have a strong unhappy feelingache with Sarah ached with sadness that her brother was so ill. Tim’s heart was aching for her.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
acheI clung so hard to the window frame that my hand ached.She felt hot and her head was beginning to ache.The sight of those children at their mother's funeral made my heart ache.For years, her chest hurt, her abdomen ached.Every inch of my body ached after skiing.Your limbs can ache and your muscles can feel weak.Already your forearms are beginning to ache, and your upper arms crush your ribs.an aching backI went to dance class last week, and I've been aching ever since.Still, I ache for context at times.She had been aching for him since she had first seen him straddling that bike with such lazy arrogance.My arms ached from carrying all the groceries.His head ached, the cool air no panacea, and his thoughts, too, were disturbed.ache to do somethingThe children ached for attention.His body ached to be tucked into bed for the night or for eternity.The trend gained ground in the United States, where early symphony audiences ached to exude social refinement.She aches to know for certain that she is loved.He absolutely ached to make love to Rachel, he would have done anything to see her naked.He ached to reach out and hold Tsu Ma close, to comfort him, but knew it would be wrong.She ached to say yes, but all her instincts rebelled.Li Yuan ... How her heart ached to see him now; to have him hold her and comfort her.