Definition of palpitate
: to beat rapidly and strongly : throb <My heart began to palpitate when I was announced as the winner.>
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>
Origin and Etymology of palpitate
Latin palpitatus, past participle of palpitare, frequentative of palpare to stroke
First Known Use: circa 1623
PALPITATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of palpitate for English Language Learners
of the heart : to beat quickly and strongly and often in a way that is not regular because of excitement, nervousness, etc.
PALPITATE Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of palpitate
: to beat rapidly, irregularly, or forcibly—used especially of the heart
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