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verb bounce pronunciation in American English /baʊns/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebouncing
past tensebounced
past participlebounced
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if a ball or other object bounces, or if you bounce it, it hits a surface then immediately moves away from it

    The ball bounced twice before hitting the net.

    Hailstones were bouncing off the roof.

    Josh bounced the ball down the street.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if a person or vehicle bounces or is bounced, they move up and down as if they are on springs

    She sat bouncing a baby on her knee.

    bounce on/along:

    The kids love bouncing on the bed.

    Our jeep bounced along the rough track.

    bounce someone/something up and down/around:

    We were bounced around in the back of the van.

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  3. 4
    [intransitive] to move quickly and with a lot of energy, as if you are very happy

    The band came bouncing onto the stage.

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