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Ache \Ache\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ached; p. pr. & vb. n. Aching.] [OE. aken, AS. acan, both strong verbs, AS. acan, imp. [=o]c, p. p. acen, to ache; perh. orig. to drive, and akin to agent.] To suffer pain; to have, or be in, pain, or in continued pain; to be distressed. ``My old bones ache.''

The sins that in your conscience ache.


vb. (en-past of: ache)

Usage examples of "ached".

Her arm ached from the unfamiliar weight of the gusly, and her fingers were sore.

Gavril forgot that his legs and back ached, forgot the brooding despair that had haunted his progress through the forest.

He had been trying to ease himself into a more comfortable position, but whichever way he shifted, the shattered shoulder bone only ached more.

His whole body ached, and his skull felt as if it had been seared in a furnace.

He ached all over at first, but then the cold really set in, and he couldn't feel much of anything.

His eyes grew heavy, and his whole body ached, and his voice had thinned down to a whisper not even he could make out.

She stroked the fine, silky hair beneath her hand, and her heart ached for him.

It surrounded him, bathed him in balm, until there was nothing left of hurt in him - - except the place Tylendel had left behind - the place that still ached so emptily - The green-gold music was joined by another, a blue-green harmony like the voice that had spoken to dispel the dream.

She gasped for air, her lungs ached, or so it felt, as if some invisible being was squeezing her ribs with huge hands.

While the men tethered out the horses and mules, Dallandra took Elessario from a weary Carra, whose back ached from a long day of carrying the baby in the sling.

Verrarc gave him a look that ached with a fear to match it, and his aura seemed to shred at the edges, suddenly grey.

At those times she ached to be Out There, walking through strange country, seeing a new world for herself, meeting challenges that were not administrative.

She ached all over, and her throat was still raw and her chest thick with phlegm, but it seemed that the beast with its hot claws and cold fingers was gone, and her mind was clear.

Her bruised heart ached in panicky reaction to her susceptibility to him, reminding her of her vulnerability.

At half-past she suspected that he was not going to do so, but no matter how much she told herself stalwartly that it was all for the best her heart still ached, and when she put on her Wellington boots and an old jacket so that she could go out and do some gardening her throat was tight with tears of disappointment and misery.