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1‘the ball hit the ground and bounced’
rebound, spring back, bob, recoil, ricochet, jounce
North American carom
2‘William bounced down the stairs grinning’
bound, leap, jump, spring, bob, hop, skip, trip, gambol, dance, prance, romp, caper, cavort, frisk, frolic, sport
1‘he caught the ball after a single bounce’
rebound, reflection, ricochet
2‘the pitch's uneven bounce deceived the batsman’
resilience, elasticity, give, rebound, recoil
3‘she had lost a good deal of her bloom and bounce’
vitality, vigour, energy, vivacity, liveliness, life, animation, sparkle, effervescence, exuberance, verve, spiritedness, spirit, enthusiasm, dynamism, fire, ardour, zeal, push, drive
cheerfulness, cheeriness, happiness, joy, buoyancy, optimism, high spirits, light-heartedness, merriment, jollity, ebullience
informal go, get-up-and-go, pep, oomph, pizzazz, zing, zip, fizz, feistiness
‘they haven't knocked out our spirit and we will bounce back’
recover, revive, rally, make a comeback, take a turn for the better, pick up, be on the mend, be on the road to recovery
perk up, cheer up, brighten up, become livelier, take heart, be heartened, liven up, take on a new lease of life
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