pulsate

verb
pul·​sate | \ ˈpəl-ˌsāt How to pronounce pulsate (audio) also ˌpəl-ˈsāt \
pulsated; pulsating

Definition of pulsate

intransitive verb

1 : to throb or move rhythmically : vibrate
2 : to exhibit a pulse or pulsation : beat

Examples of pulsate in a Sentence

The lights pulsated with the music. People danced to the pulsating sounds of hip-hop. Virtually every scene of the movie pulsates with suspense.
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Recent Examples on the Web His version of William Lindsay Gresham’s novel is overstuffed with lurid images, pulp elements that practically pulsate. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 18 Dec. 2021 His version of William Lindsay Gresham’s novel is overstuffed with lurid images, pulp elements that practically pulsate. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 18 Dec. 2021 His version of William Lindsay Gresham’s novel is overstuffed with lurid images, pulp elements that practically pulsate. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 14 Dec. 2021 This is a musical after all, and even though the songs can pulsate and drive like a concert, something gets lost if the lyrics and story aren’t prioritized. Jerald Pierce, chicagotribune.com, 16 Nov. 2021 Sound will transport you through workshops and cultural programs that pulsate within the space. Natalie Stoclet, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Sheeran closes the album with this club thumper stocked with minor key piano and keyboards that pulsate like aural strobe lights. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 30 Oct. 2021 Glass windows pulsate with what’s coming off the DJ’s turntables. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 9 Sep. 2021 As the front cocoon begins to pulsate and a soothing acoustic guitar plays in the background, Lil Nas's voice can be heard, urging himself to break free. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 27 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of pulsate

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pulsate

in part borrowed from Latin pulsātus, past participle of pulsāre "to strike with repeated blows, beat, (in passive) beat wildly (of the heart)," frequentative or repetitive derivative of pellere "to beat against, push, strike"; in part from pulse entry 1 + -ate entry 4 — more at pulse entry 1

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16 Jan 2022

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“Pulsate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulsate. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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pulsate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pulsate

: to make strong and regular beats, sounds, flashes, etc.
: to be filled with activity or a feeling

pulsate

verb
pul·​sate | \ ˈpəl-ˌsāt How to pronounce pulsate (audio) \
pulsated; pulsating

Kids Definition of pulsate

: to have or show strong regular beats

pulsate

intransitive verb
pul·​sate | \ ˈpəl-ˌsāt also ˌpəl-ˈ \
pulsated; pulsating

Medical Definition of pulsate

: to exhibit a pulse or pulsation a pulsating artery

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