ache - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a pain that is continuous and unpleasant, but usually not very strong
    a dull ache (=slight, but still unpleasant):

    There was a dull ache in his stomach.

    aches and pains (=minor pains that continue over a period of time):

    I’m tired of hearing about all her aches and pains.

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  2. 2
    mainly literary a strong feeling that you want something that you cannot have
  3. 3
    a feeling of sadness that lasts a long time