[ pal-pi-teyt ]
/ 藞p忙l p瑟藢te瑟t /
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verb (used without object), pal路pi路tat路ed, pal路pi路tat路ing.
to pulsate with unusual rapidity from exertion, emotion, disease, etc.; flutter: His heart palpitated wildly.
to pulsate; quiver; throb; tremble.
verb (used with object), pal路pi路tat路ed, pal路pi路tat路ing.
to cause to pulsate or tremble.
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Origin of palpitate

1615鈥25; <Latin palpit膩tus, past participle of palpit膩re to pulsate, frequentative of palp膩re to stroke. See palpus, -ate1

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1. See pulsate.


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What does聽palpitate mean?

Palpitate means to pulse, throb, or tremble.

The word palpitate is most commonly used in the context of the beating of the heart. When your heart palpitates, it beats more quickly or in a fluttering way.

A heart palpitation is an unusually or abnormally rapid or violent beating of the heart. Heart palpitations typically involve the heart beating hard and faster, and they may also involve an irregularity in rhythm.

Less commonly, palpitate can mean to make thob or tremble.

The noun palpitation can also refer to the act, process, or an instance of palpitating.

Example: My doctor said my heart may be palpitating due to a combination of stress and too much caffeine.

Where does聽palpitate come from?

The first records of palpitate come from the 1620s. It comes from the Latin verb palpit膩re, meaning 鈥渢o pulsate.鈥

Any time your heart beats faster or irregularly it can be said to be palpitating. This can happen due to strenuous exercise, anxiety, illness, or as a side effect of a medication. The caffeine in things like coffee and cola has been known to make people鈥檚 hearts palpitate. Other times, your heart might palpitate upon seeing your crush or realizing you鈥檙e about to get in trouble.

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What are some other forms related to palpitate?

  • palpitatingly (adverb)
  • unpalpitating (adjective)
  • palpitation (noun)

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How is聽palpitate used in real life?

Palpitate is usually used in the context of the heart beating faster or irregularly for some reason.



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Which of the following words is a synonym of palpitate?聽

A. throb
B. pulsate
C. flutter
D. all of the above

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British Dictionary definitions for palpitate

/ (藞p忙lp瑟藢te瑟t) /

verb (intr)
(of the heart) to beat with abnormal rapidity
to flutter or tremble

Derived forms of palpitate

palpitant, adjectivepalpitation, noun

Word Origin for palpitate

C17: from Latin palpit膩re to throb, from palp膩re to stroke
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