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verb     duck pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleducking
past tenseducked
past participleducked
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to lower your head or head and body quickly, in order to move under something or to avoid being hit

    Young children can just duck under the gate and avoid paying.

    He ducked the punch and came up swinging.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to force someone’s head under water for a short time, often in rough play
  3. 3
    [transitive] to avoid something such as a difficult question, issue, or duty

    Stop trying to duck the issue – who paid you for this?

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to move quickly into or behind something, especially to avoid being seen

    He ducked behind the wall.

    1. a.
      to go quickly into a place for a specific purpose

      Judith ducked under a store awning to get out of the rain.

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