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Meaning of "dance" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD DANCE

From Old French dancier.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF DANCE

dance  [dɑːns] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DANCE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Dance is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb dance in English.

WHAT DOES DANCE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

dance

Dance

Dance is a type of art that generally involves movement of the body, often rhythmic and to music. It is performed in many cultures as a form of emotional expression, social interaction, or exercise, in a spiritual or performance setting, and is sometimes used to express ideas or tell a story. Dance may also be regarded as a form of nonverbal communication between humans or other animals, as in bee dances and behaviour patterns such as a mating dances. Definitions of what constitutes dance can depend on social and cultural norms and aesthetic, artistic and moral sensibilities. Definitions may range from functional movement to virtuoso techniques such as ballet. Martial arts kata are often compared to dances, and sports such as gymnastics, figure skating and synchronized swimming are generally thought to incorporate dance. There are many styles and genres of dance. African dance is interpretative. Ballet, ballroom and tango are classical dance styles. Square dance and electric slide are forms of step dance, and breakdancing is a type of street dance. Dance can be participatory, social, or performed for an audience. It can also be ceremonial, competitive or erotic.

Definition of dance in the English dictionary

The first definition of dance in the dictionary is to move the feet and body rhythmically, esp in time to music. Other definition of dance is to perform. Dance is also to skip or leap, as in joy, etc.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO DANCE

PRESENT

Present
I dance
you dance
he/she/it dances
we dance
you dance
they dance
Present continuous
I am dancing
you are dancing
he/she/it is dancing
we are dancing
you are dancing
they are dancing
Present perfect
I have danced
you have danced
he/she/it has danced
we have danced
you have danced
they have danced
Present perfect continuous
I have been dancing
you have been dancing
he/she/it has been dancing
we have been dancing
you have been dancing
they have been dancing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I danced
you danced
he/she/it danced
we danced
you danced
they danced
Past continuous
I was dancing
you were dancing
he/she/it was dancing
we were dancing
you were dancing
they were dancing
Past perfect
I had danced
you had danced
he/she/it had danced
we had danced
you had danced
they had danced
Past perfect continuous
I had been dancing
you had been dancing
he/she/it had been dancing
we had been dancing
you had been dancing
they had been dancing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will dance
you will dance
he/she/it will dance
we will dance
you will dance
they will dance
Future continuous
I will be dancing
you will be dancing
he/she/it will be dancing
we will be dancing
you will be dancing
they will be dancing
Future perfect
I will have danced
you will have danced
he/she/it will have danced
we will have danced
you will have danced
they will have danced
Future perfect continuous
I will have been dancing
you will have been dancing
he/she/it will have been dancing
we will have been dancing
you will have been dancing
they will have been dancing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would dance
you would dance
he/she/it would dance
we would dance
you would dance
they would dance
Conditional continuous
I would be dancing
you would be dancing
he/she/it would be dancing
we would be dancing
you would be dancing
they would be dancing
Conditional perfect
I would have dance
you would have dance
he/she/it would have dance
we would have dance
you would have dance
they would have dance
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been dancing
you would have been dancing
he/she/it would have been dancing
we would have been dancing
you would have been dancing
they would have been dancing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you dance
we let´s dance
you dance
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to dance
Past participle
danced
Present Participle
dancing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH DANCE


advance
ədˈvɑːns
Afrikaans
ˌæfrɪˈkɑːns
break-dance
ˈbreɪkˌdɑːns
chance
tʃɑːns
elance
ɪˈlɑːns
enhance
ɪnˈhɑːns
folk-dance
ˈfəʊkˌdɑːns
France
frɑːns
freelance
ˈfriːˌlɑːns
glance
ɡlɑːns
kans
kɑːns
krans
krɑːns
lance
lɑːns
nuance
njuːˈɑːns
off-chance
ˈɒftʃɑːns
rance
rɑːns
square-dance
skwɛə dɑːns
tap-dance
tæp dɑːns
trance
trɑːns
transe
trɑːns

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DANCE

dance attendance on someone
dance band
dance card
dance company
dance floor
dance hall
dance hostess
dance music
dance of death
dance programme
dance studio
danceable
dancehall
dancer
Dancercise
dancette
dancettee
dancetty
dancey

WORDS THAT END LIKE DANCE

acceptance
accordance
alliance
appearance
assistance
assurance
balance
clearance
compliance
distance
finance
imbalance
importance
insurance
maintenance
on the chance
performance
relevance
romance
stand a chance

Synonyms and antonyms of dance in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «DANCE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «dance» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of dance
B and S · ball · bounce · bound · caper · cavort · disco · discotheque · flash · frolic · gambol · glint · glisten · glister · glitter · hop · jig · jump · knees-up · leap · move · prance · rock · romp · scintillate · shimmer · skip · social · sparkle · spin · spring · sway · swing · trip · twinkle · whirl · wink

Translation of «dance» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF DANCE

Find out the translation of dance to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of dance from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «dance» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

舞蹈
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

baile
570 millions of speakers

English

dance
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

नृत्य
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

رَقْصَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

танец
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

dança
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

নাচ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

danse
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tarian
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Tanz
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ダンス
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Tari
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

sự nhảy múa
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நடனம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

नृत्य
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

dans
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

ballo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

taniec
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

танець
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

dans
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

χορός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

dans
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

dans
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

dans
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of dance

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DANCE»

The term «dance» is very widely used and occupies the 1.695 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DANCE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about dance

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10 QUOTES WITH «DANCE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word dance.
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Kyle Abraham
The first dance performance I saw was Joffrey Ballet doing 'Billboards' to Prince.
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Victoria Abril
My first vocation was dance.
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Namie Amuro
From my debut until now, I've always wanted to sing and dance.
4
Erin Andrews
Tim Tebow cannot dance, I know that. Tebow can do a lot of things, but he can not dance.
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Apparat
If you want to make people dance, you need to follow certain rules. Build-ups and breaks and stuff. I like to be free. On top of it all, I never really felt that I'm good at making fat-sounding dance tracks.
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Oksana Baiul
I started taking ballet lessons when I was three and a half and I still take dance classes.
7
Ruben Blades
We had something to say. Whenever we played, people didn't dance, they listened.
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Matthew Bourne
People know that they're going to see something which is entertaining but challenging as well because of the form it's in. It's dance theatre and it requires you to use your imagination - it's not straight forward.
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Deborah Bull
I do take class because I still dance, and yes, I do slip into class with the Royal Ballet from time to time.
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Delta Burke
For me, it's like biking around the neighborhood, the walks and stuff, because I have never enjoyed the gym. Or I'll do, since I used to dance a lot, all the old dance exercises.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DANCE»

Discover the use of dance in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to dance and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Conditioning for Dance
The book culminates with a 20-minute, full-body workout routine designed to help you warm up, condition, and refine your dance technique.
Eric N. Franklin, 2004
2
Dancer from the Dance: A Novel
One of the most important works of gay literature, this haunting, brilliant novel is a seriocomic remembrance of things past -- and still poignantly present.
Andrew Holleran, 2001
3
Dance
Introduces basic concepts of dance through poetic text and photographs.
Bill T. Jones, Susan Kuklin, 1998
4
Dance: Rituals of Experience
This book presents a powerful view of the history of dance, contrasting its role in Western civilization with its significance in other cultures.
Jamake Highwater, 1992
5
Dance!
Whimsical, magical Yok-Yok delights readers as he tries to save a peaceful village from squabbling, jaw-snapping, hungry Monsters in a story filled with exotic, beautiful illustrations and musical language perfect for reading aloud. IP.
Etienne Delessert, 1994
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Dance: A Creative Art Experience
Outlines the importance of dance as an expression of self-awareness and well-being
Margaret N. H'Doubler, 1998
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Jazz Dance: The Story of American Vernacular Dance
The Story of American Vernacular Dance
Marshall Winslow Stearns, Jean Stearns, 1968
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Dance Composition
In Dance Composition, renowned dance educator Jacqueline M. Smith-Autard provides an accessible and practical guide to creative success in dance making.
Jacqueline Mary Smith-Autard, 2000
9
The Oxford Dictionary of Dance
This comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary provides all the information necessary for dance fans to navigate the diverse dance scene of the 21st century.
Debra Craine, Judith Mackrell, 2010
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Dance Composition: A Practical Guide to Creative Success in ...
Dancing.
Jacqueline M. Smith-Autard, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DANCE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term dance is used in the context of the following news items.
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Young performers tap into their passion at DANCE This
STG's annual youth dance showcase spotlights young talent from all over ... of local teens and preteens as part of “DANCE This” at the Moore. «The Seattle Times, Jul 15»
2
Varun Dhawan's special performance on 'Dance +' premiere
According to a source, Varun, who looks up to Remo owing to their dance connect, agreed on his request to appear as a special guest on ... «The Indian Express, Jul 15»
3
Chance to join Doncaster theatre's dance teams
As part of the celebrations for Dancehall, in a rainbow eruption of powder and dance The Colour of Time brings a stunning reinvention of the ... «The Star, Jul 15»
4
Kid captivates pool-goers with dance to "Cuban Pete," on The Feed!
Some of the latest and greatest viral videos include a boy tearing up the pool deck with a lip-sync and dance routine, plus a GoPro strapped to ... «CBS News, Jul 15»
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ArtsBeat | Lincoln Center Announces Dance-Film Lineup
More dance is coming to a theater near you: Lincoln Center announced Tuesday that this fall's Great American Dance cinema series would ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
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We've Decided to 'Dance Our Way Through Cancer!'
Though miles apart she was determined to support her big sister the best way she knew how, so she turned on the camera and began to dance ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
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Christi Lukasiak Reveals Why She Didn't Leave 'Dance Moms' Sooner
Christi Lukasiak (right) reveals why she didn't pull her daughter Chloe Lukasiak (left) off Lifetime's "Dance Moms" sooner. Here, they're pictured ... «International Business Times, Jul 15»
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Program lets Parkinson's patients dance if they want to
In a collaboration between the Department of Physical Therapy and the Department of Modern Dance, Parkinson's disease patients participate ... «Deseret News, Jul 15»
9
Flood of tributes for talented Stockport dance teacher who died in …
Tributes have been paid to an 'inspirational' teenage dance teacher at Stockport Academy who was tragically killed in a motorbike accident. «Manchester Evening News, Jul 15»
10
Houston Ballet dancer ignites 'So You Think You Can Dance'
Houston Ballet dancer ignites 'So You Think You Can Dance'. Jim Nowakowski leads the pack into Season 12. By Molly Glentzer ... «Chron.com, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Dance [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/dance>. Jul 2020 ».
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