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palpitate

[ pal-pi-teyt ]
/ ˈpæl pɪˌteɪt /
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verb (used without object), pal·pi·tat·ed, pal·pi·tat·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·pi·tat·ed, pal·pi·tat·ing.

to cause to pulsate or tremble.

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Origin of palpitate

1615–25; <Latin palpitātus, past participle of palpitāre to pulsate, frequentative of palpāre to stroke. See palpus, -ate1

synonym study for palpitate

1. See pulsate.

OTHER WORDS FROM palpitate

pal·pi·tat·ing·ly, adverbun·pal·pi·tat·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for palpitate

palpitate
/ (ˈpælpɪˌteɪt) /

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 palpitāre to throb, from palpāre to stroke
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