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verb     bounce pronunciation in American English
/baʊns/
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present tense
I/you/we/theybounce
he/she/itbounces
present participlebouncing
past tensebounced
past participlebounced
  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
    6
    to leave

    Let's bounce.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 10/07/2014
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