palpitate

verb
pal·pi·tate | \ˈpal-pə-ˌtāt \
palpitated; palpitating

Definition of palpitate 

intransitive verb

: to beat rapidly and strongly : throb My heart began to palpitate when I was announced as the winner.

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Examples of palpitate in a Sentence

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

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Not to get all misty about hallowed visual-effects goldentimes, but Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion skeletons made for a heart-palpitating battle in Jason and the Argonauts. Mary H. K. Choi, WIRED, "High-Stakes Fight Scenes Pull No Punches," 28 Feb. 2011 Codeblack, a division of Lionsgate, took things a step further—perhaps too far for our soft, palpitating hearts. Yohana Desta, VanityFair.com, "A Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o Movie Would Be the Best Thing Twitter Has Ever Done," 24 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of palpitate

circa 1623, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for palpitate

Latin palpitatus, past participle of palpitare, frequentative of palpare to stroke

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The first known use of palpitate was circa 1623

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palpitate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of palpitate

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

palpitate

verb
pal·pi·tate | \ˈpal-pə-ˌtāt \
palpitated; palpitating

Kids Definition of palpitate

palpitate

intransitive verb
pal·pi·tate | \ˈpal-pə-ˌtāt \
palpitated; palpitating

Medical Definition of palpitate 

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

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