[ vahy-breyt ]
/ ˈvaɪ breɪt /

verb (used without object), vi·brat·ed, vi·brat·ing.

verb (used with object), vi·brat·ed, vi·brat·ing.

Nearby words

  1. vibraharp,
  2. vibram,
  3. vibrant,
  4. vibrantly,
  5. vibraphone,
  6. vibratile,
  7. vibratility,
  8. vibrating line,
  9. vibration,
  10. vibration white finger

Origin of vibrate

1610–20; < Latin vibrātus (past participle of vibrāre to move to and fro); see -ate1

2. See shake. 3. echo.

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British Dictionary definitions for vibrate


/ (vaɪˈbreɪt) /


to move or cause to move back and forth rapidly; shake, quiver, or throb
(intr) to oscillate
to send out (a sound) by vibration; resonate or cause to resonate
(intr) to waver
physics to undergo or cause to undergo an oscillatory or periodic process, as of an alternating current; oscillate
(intr) rare to respond emotionally; thrill
Derived Formsvibratile (ˈvaɪbrəˌtaɪl), adjectivevibrating, adjectivevibratingly, adverbvibratory, adjective

Word Origin for vibrate

C17: from Latin vibrāre

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Word Origin and History for vibrate



1610s, from Latin vibratus, past participle of vibrare "move quickly to and fro, shake," from PIE *w(e)ib- "move quickly to and fro" (cf. Lithuanian wyburiu "to wag" (the tail), Danish vippe, Dutch wippen "to swing," Old English wipan "to wipe"). Related: Vibrated; vibrating.

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