[ vahy-breyt ]
/ ˈvaɪ breɪt /

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

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

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 forms of vibrate

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

Word Origin for vibrate

C17: from Latin vibrāre
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