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.

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
Recent Examples on the Web The matte, phosphorescent sigils painted onto his robe appeared to palpitate in the low light. Kent Russell, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 In one of the raciest vignettes, a man buys and eats fresh dumplings on a train, intermittently palpitating his sore gums with his fingers. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, 8 May 2020 My heart palpitates at the seriousness of his tone. Kelly Meldrum, Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2019 Angelica Hernández’s heart hasn’t stopped palpitating for a week. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2020 Angelica Hernández's heart hasn't stopped palpitating for a week. Author: Arelis R. Hernández, Cristina Corujo, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Jan. 2020 The past three seasons, their games were marked by palpitating comebacks. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2019 Anyway, back to the point: Rachel Bilson bumped into Adam Brody at JFK Airport, and the hearts of millennials across the globe promptly stopped, palpitated, or completely exploded. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 14 Aug. 2019 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, 28 Feb. 2011 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palpitate. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for palpitate

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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