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English noun: ache

1. ache (state) a dull persistent (usually moderately intense) pain


Broader (hypernym)hurting, pain

Narrower (hyponym)backache, bellyache, cephalalgia, earache, gastralgia, head ache, headache, odontalgia, otalgia, stomach ache, stomachache, toothache

English verb: ache

1. ache (perception) feel physical pain

SamplesWere you hurting after the accident?.

ExamplesSam and Sue ache

Synonymshurt, suffer

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)comprehend, perceive

Narrower (hyponym)catch, get, kill, prick, sting, twinge, twinge

2. ache (emotion) have a desire for something or someone who is not present

SamplesShe ached for a cigarette.
I am pining for my lover.

Synonymslanguish, pine, yearn, yen

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)hanker, long, yearn

Narrower (hyponym)die

3. ache (perception) be the source of pain

ExamplesDid his feet ache?

Synonymshurt, smart

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody's (body part) ----s

Broader (hypernym)cause to be perceived

Narrower (hyponym)act up, bite, burn, burn, hunger, itch, shoot, sting, thirst, throb

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