acheache1 /eɪk/ ●○○ verb [intransitive]1MIif part of your body aches, you feel a continuous, but not very sharppain there syn hurtHis 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.2WANTto want to do or have something very muchache forI’m aching for sleep.ache to do somethingHe ached to reach out and hold her close.3to have a strong unhappy feelingache withSarah ached with sadness that her brother was so ill.Tim’s heart was aching for her.→ See Verb table
acheache2 ●○○ noun [countable]1MIa continuous pain that is not sharp or very stronga stomach acheA dull ache throbbed at the back of David’s head.aches and pains (=slight feelings of pain that are not considered to be serious)Apart from the usual aches and pains, she felt all right.► see thesaurus at pain2WANTa strong, mostly unhappy, feelingthe ache of his loneliness —achy adjectiveI’m feeling tired and achy.
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ache• Yet there remained an ache in her heart which told her she had not achieved what she wanted to.• So why was there an ache in her heart?• Lisa felt a dullachespreading up her arm.• That took care of his ache for home.• A sharp ache filled her chest and she was afraid she was going to cry.• She may also complain of sore muscles, stomachaches, and other pains.• She is putting up peaches for the winter and fighting that ache to be gone again.• You feel the ache coming in your bones.• The ache in her head got worse and she began to imagine a pain under her breastbone.• The ache in my leg muscles had almost disappeared.• His breathing was frightful and the unrelentingache in his legs grewharsher with every stride.dull ache• It starts as a dull ache that gradually evolves into a severethrobbing pain, centering in the frontal and temporalregions.• They felt nothing but a dull ache in their backs.• I am feeling much better, though there are many times when I feel a dull ache.• Apart from a dull ache in his leg, Larsen has completely recovered from the crash.• The pain in her lower back subsided leaving a dull ache.• It wasn't really very bad but it was a dull ache that made her realise she would never get to sleep.• It seemed that here, there was never any spring, only wind and rain and the dull ache of loss.• Sleep away the tiredness and the dull acheinside his head, that was the thing to do.• It ached an ugly, dull ache.