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Topic: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

Language: Old English
Origin: acan

ache

1 verb
     
ache1 [intransitive]
1MI if part of your body aches, you feel a continuous, but not very sharp pain there [= hurt]:
His feet were aching from standing so long.
2 to want to do or have something very much
ache 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 feeling
ache with
Sarah ached with sadness that her brother was so ill.
Tim's heart was aching for her.
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