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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