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
Recent Examples of palpitate from the Web
Codeblack, a division of Lionsgate, took things a step further—perhaps too far for our soft, palpitating hearts.
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.
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Origin and Etymology of palpitate
Latin palpitatus, past participle of palpitare, frequentative of palpare to stroke
First Known Use: circa 1623See Words from the same year
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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