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[ pal-pi-teyt ]

verb (used without object)

, pal·pi·tat·ed, pal·pi·tat·ing.
  1. to pulsate with unusual rapidity from exertion, emotion, disease, etc.; flutter:

    His heart palpitated wildly.

  2. to pulsate; quiver; throb; tremble.

verb (used with object)

, pal·pi·tat·ed, pal·pi·tat·ing.
  1. to cause to pulsate or tremble.


/ ˈpælpɪˌteɪt /


  1. (of the heart) to beat with abnormal rapidity
  2. to flutter or tremble
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Derived Forms

  • ˌpalpiˈtation, noun
  • ˈpalpitant, adjective
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Other Words From

  • palpi·tating·ly adverb
  • un·palpi·tating adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of palpitate1

1615–25; < Latin palpitātus, past participle of palpitāre to pulsate, frequentative of palpāre to stroke. See palpus, -ate 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of palpitate1

C17: from Latin palpitāre to throb, from palpāre to stroke
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Synonym Study

See pulsate.
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Example Sentences

That special someone has just stomped on your heart and left it palpitating miserably on the floor.

The air of the sleeping-chamber seemed to palpitate with the hopeless passion of the girls.

The appearance of beauty has inflamed my senses and made my heart palpitate.

They seem to palpitate in sympathy with the deeds they witness, instead of being mere scenic backgrounds.

On rugged cliffs and amongst bristling bush the heart of Anzac began to palpitate with power and life.

While making his observations the heart of the outraged body was seen to palpitate—so at least it was reported.


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What does 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 palpitate come from?

The first records of palpitate come from the 1620s. It comes from the Latin verb palpitāre, meaning “to pulsate.”

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’s hearts palpitate. Other times, your heart might palpitate upon seeing your crush or realizing you’re 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 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

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