palpitate

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verb pal·pi·tate \ˈpal-pə-ˌtāt\

Definition of palpitate

palpitated

palpitating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to beat rapidly and strongly :  throb

palpitation

play \ˌpal-pə-ˈtā-shən\ noun

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

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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