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verb dance pronunciation in British English /dɑːns/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledancing
past tensedanced
past participledanced
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to move your feet and your body in a pattern of movements that follows the sound of music

    I was too shy at first to ask her to dance.

    dance with:

    Who was that you were dancing with?

    dance to:

    They danced to the music of a 14-piece band.

    dance together:

    Lily and Charlie were still dancing together.

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    1. a.
      [transitive] to perform a particular type of dance

      Two couples were left on the floor, dancing a waltz.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive] if a person or animal dances somewhere, they move there in a lively graceful way, usually because they are happy or full of energy
  3. 3
    [intransitive] if something dances, it makes a series of quick light movements

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