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vibrate

[ vahy-breyt ]
/ ˈvaɪ breɪt /
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verb (used without object), vi·brat·ed, vi·brat·ing.

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

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Origin of vibrate

First recorded in 1610–20; from Latin vibrātus (past participle of vibrāre “to move to and fro”); see -ate1

synonym study for vibrate

2. See shake.

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British Dictionary definitions for vibrate

vibrate
/ (vaɪˈbreɪt) /

verb

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 forms of vibrate

vibratile (ˈvaɪbrəˌtaɪl), adjectivevibrating, adjectivevibratingly, adverbvibratory, adjective

Word Origin for vibrate

C17: from Latin vibrāre
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