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verb bounce pronunciation in American English /baʊns/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebouncing
past tensebounced
past participlebounced
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if a ball or other object bounces, or if you bounce it, it hits a surface then immediately moves away from it

    The ball bounced twice before hitting the net.

    Hailstones were bouncing off the roof.

    Josh bounced the ball down the street.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if a person or vehicle bounces or is bounced, they move up and down as if they are on springs

    She sat bouncing a baby on her knee.

    bounce on/along:

    The kids love bouncing on the bed.

    Our jeep bounced along the rough track.

    bounce someone/something up and down/around:

    We were bounced around in the back of the van.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if a check bounces, or if a bank bounces it, the bank refuses to pay it because there is not enough money in the account of the person who wrote it
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to move quickly and with a lot of energy, as if you are very happy

    The band came bouncing onto the stage.

  5. 5
    [intransitive] if an e-mail message bounces, it is sent back to you without reaching the person you sent it to
  6. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to leave

    Let's bounce.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 10/07/2014

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