palpitate

verb
pal·​pi·​tate | \ ˈpal-pə-ˌtāt How to pronounce palpitate (audio) \
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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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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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 How to pronounce palpitate (audio) \
palpitated; palpitating

Kids Definition of palpitate

palpitate

intransitive verb
pal·​pi·​tate | \ ˈpal-pə-ˌtāt How to pronounce palpitate (audio) \
palpitated; palpitating

Medical Definition of palpitate

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

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