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verb     pound pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepounding
past tensepounded
past participlepounded
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to hit something several times with a lot of force

    I could hear them pounding on the door.

    1. a.
      to hit something hard many times so that it breaks into small pieces or becomes a smooth thick substance
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  2. 2
    [intransitive] to walk or run with heavy and regular steps
    pound up/down/toward/across/along:

    She pounded down the hall to see what had happened.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] if your heart pounds, it beats strongly and quickly because you are nervous, excited, or afraid
    1. a.
      if your head pounds, you have a pain in it that feels like someone is hitting it continuously
  4. 4
    [transitive] to continuously attack a place with bombs or other large weapons for a long period of time

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