AskDefine | Define pounce

Dictionary Definition

pounce n : the act of pouncing v : move down on as if in an attack; "The raptor swooped down on its prey"; "The teacher swooped down upon the new students" [syn: swoop]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To leap into the air intending to seize someone or something.
    The kitten pounced at the ball I threw to him
    She pounced on the young man, because she loved him and wanted him for herself.
  2. To attack suddenly.
    I was awakened from a dead sleep by my child pouncing on top of me from out of nowhere.
  3. To eagerly seize an opportunity.
    I pounced on the chance to get promoted.


To leap into the air intending to seize someone or something
  • Portuguese: agarrar
To attack suddenly
To eagerly seize an opportunity


Extensive Definition

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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