bounce Definition

  • 1to spring back after hitting a surface
  • 2to move up and down repeatedly
  • 3to refuse to accept or return something

Using bounce: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "bounce" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The ball bounced off the wall and hit him in the face.

  • Example

    She bounced the baby on her knee.

  • Example

    The check bounced because there were insufficient funds in the account.

  • Example

    He was bounced from the meeting for being disruptive.

  • Example

    The company bounced back from bankruptcy and became profitable again.

bounce Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for bounce

Idioms Using bounce

  • to be fired or dismissed from a job


    He got the bounce after he was caught stealing from the company.

  • to be very excited or energetic


    The kids were bouncing off the walls after eating all that candy.

  • to write a check for more money than is available in the account


    He bounced a check at the grocery store and had to pay a fee.

Phrases with bounce

  • to move from place to place without a clear destination


    After college, she bounced around Europe for a few years before settling down.

  • to recover quickly from a setback or difficult situation


    After losing his job, he bounced back by starting his own business.

  • to share an idea or thought with someone to get their opinion


    I'm thinking of quitting my job, but I wanted to bounce it off you first.

Origins of bounce

from Middle English 'bounsen', meaning 'beat' or 'strike'


Summary: bounce in Brief

The verb 'bounce' [baʊns] has three main meanings: to spring back after hitting a surface, to move up and down repeatedly, and to refuse to accept or return something. It can refer to physical objects like balls or people, as well as abstract concepts like ideas or emotions. 'Bounce' has several idiomatic uses, such as 'get the bounce' meaning to be fired, and 'bounce off the walls' meaning to be very excited. 'Bounce' also appears in phrases like 'bounce around' and 'bounce back,' which denote movement and recovery, respectively.

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