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ache

[eyk] /eɪk/
verb (used without object), ached, aching.
1.
to have or suffer a continuous, dull pain:
His whole body ached.
2.
to feel great sympathy, pity, or the like:
Her heart ached for the starving animals.
3.
to feel eager; yearn; long:
She ached to be the champion. He's just aching to get even.
noun
4.
a continuous, dull pain (in contrast to a sharp, sudden, or sporadic pain).
Origin of ache
900
before 900; (v.) Middle English aken, Old English acan; perhaps metaphoric use of earlier unattested sense “drive, impel” (compare Old Norse aka, cognate with Latin agere, Greek ágein); (noun) derivative of the v.
Synonyms
1. hurt.
Synonym Study
4. See pain.
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  • If Hetty could have been transported to the spot, how would her heart have ached!

  • And how often have I longed and ached to hear from my dear old dad again!

  • Her heart ached at the word, ached with the longing for rest and peace.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice
  • But though he ached with fatigue from neck to heel, there was no sleep for him.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • At last I was able to open my eyes, which ached as if needles had been stuck into them.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
  • It seemed to come closer to her, and to fill an emptiness that ached in her heart.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • She longed to be free from her own body, which ached and was so heavy.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • He had his thoughts, thoughts that set his jaws till they ached.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • It throbbed in his temples, ached to the ends of his toes, set his body aflame with it.

    The Monster S. M. Tenneshaw
British Dictionary definitions for ached

ache

/eɪk/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to feel, suffer, or be the source of a continuous dull pain
2.
to suffer mental anguish
noun
3.
a continuous dull pain
Derived Forms
aching, adjective
achingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English ācan (vb), æce (n), Middle English aken (vb), ache (n). Compare bake, batch
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Word Origin and History for ached

ache

v.

Old English acan "to ache, suffer pain," from Proto-Germanic *akanan, perhaps from a PIE root *ag-es- "fault, guilt," represented also in Sanskrit and Greek, perhaps imitative of groaning. The verb was pronounced "ake," the noun "ache" (as in speak/speech) but while the noun changed pronunciation to conform to the verb, the spelling of both was changed to ache c.1700 on a false assumption of a Greek origin (specifically Greek akhos "pain, distress," which is rather a distant relation of awe (n.)). Related: Ached; aching.

ache

n.

early 15c., æche, from Old English æce, from Proto-Germanic *akiz, from same source as ache (v.).

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ached in Medicine

ache (āk)
n.
A dull persistent pain. v. ached, ach·ing, aches
To suffer a dull, sustained pain.

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