- to pulsate with unusual rapidity from exertion, emotion, disease, etc.; flutter: His heart palpitated wildly.
- to pulsate; quiver; throb; tremble.
- to cause to pulsate or tremble.
Origin of palpitate
1. See pulsate.
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Examples from the Web for palpitate
Nor was his the only heart whom that cheery sound caused to palpitate.A Dog with a Bad Name
Talbot Baines Reed
He had no right to palpitate over the picture of an unknown beauty.
The air seemed to palpitate with these new and agitating feelings.
My heart began to palpitate with dread of some unknown danger.Wieland; or The Transformation
Charles Brockden Brown
It seems to palpitate with a fragrance that ravishes the senses.Alaska
- (of the heart) to beat with abnormal rapidity
- to flutter or tremble
C17: from Latin palpitāre to throb, from palpāre to stroke
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Word Origin and History for palpitate
1620s, from Latin palpitatus, past participle of palpitare "to throb, flutter" (see palpitation). Related: Palpitated; palpitating.
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