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verb duck pronunciation in British English /dʌk/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyduck
he/she/itducks
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 blow and came up again.

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  2. 3
    [intransitive] to move quickly into or behind something, especially to avoid being seen

    He ducked behind the wall.

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

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

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