verb pal·pi·tate \ˈpal-pə-ˌtāt\

of the heart : to beat quickly and strongly and often in a way that is not regular because of excitement, nervousness, etc.


Full Definition of PALPITATE

intransitive verb
:  to beat rapidly and strongly :  throb
pal·pi·ta·tion \ˌpal-pə-ˈtā-shən\ noun

Examples of PALPITATE

  1. My heart began to palpitate when I was announced as the winner.
  2. <the man's heart began to palpitate, and he feared another attack was coming on>


Latin palpitatus, past participle of palpitare, frequentative of palpare to stroke
First Known Use: circa 1623

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PALPITATE Defined for Kids


verb pal·pi·tate \ˈpal-pə-ˌtāt\

Definition of PALPITATE for Kids

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Medical Dictionary


intransitive verb pal·pi·tate \ˈpal-pə-ˌtāt\

Medical Definition of PALPITATE

:  to beat rapidly, irregularly, or forcibly—used especially of the heart


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