Synonyms of 'ache'
in the sense of craving
I had a sudden craving for a cheese sandwich.
in the sense of desire
a wish or longing
I had a strong desire to help and care for people.
in the sense of discomfort
a mild pain
She suffered some discomfort, but no real pain.
in the sense of distress
great physical pain
Her mouth grew stiff with pain and distress.
in the sense of grief
deep or intense sorrow
Their grief soon gave way to anger.
in the sense of grieve
to feel or cause to feel great sorrow or distress
He's grieving over his dead wife and son.
in the sense of hankering
Have you always had a hankering to be an actress?
in the sense of heartache
very great sadness and emotional suffering
He had been the cause of so much heartache.
in the sense of heartbreak
intense and overwhelming grief, esp. after the end of a love affair
suffering and heartbreak for those close to the victims
in the sense of hope
a feeling of desire for something, usually with confidence in the possibility of its fulfilment
Kevin hasn't given up hope of being fit.
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Thesaurus for ache from the Collins English Thesaurus