palpitate

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verb pal·pi·tate \ˈpal-pə-ˌtāt\

Definition of palpitate

palpitated

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palpitating

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

Examples of palpitate in a sentence

  1. My heart began to palpitate when I was announced as the winner.

  2. 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

palpitate

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verb pal·pi·tate \ˈpal-pə-ˌtāt\

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

palpitate

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verb pal·pi·tate \ˈpal-pə-ˌtāt\

Definition of palpitate for Students

palpitated

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palpitating

  1. :  1throb 2


Medical Dictionary

palpitate

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intransitive verb pal·pi·tate \ˈpal-pə-ˌtāt\

Medical Definition of palpitate

palpitated

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palpitating

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



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