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

Definition of pulsate

intransitive verb

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

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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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Like a Latin-American raw food restaurant with a pulsating club downstairs. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The New York City Restaurants to Know This Winter," 4 Feb. 2019 The pulsating blue light lasted a few minutes and could be seen around Queens and Manhattan. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Why Was the Light That Flooded New York City’s Sky So Blue?," 28 Dec. 2018 Around the base of each of those gigantic plants is a tiny ecosystem of other fauna, from glowing yellow flowers to pulsating green orbs that move like liquid inside of a hard shell. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "No Man’s Sky travel diary: the final entry," 29 Aug. 2018 The suburbs north of Columbus are pulsating with growth and prosperity. Michael Tackett, New York Times, "Door-Knocking Democrat Tries to Break G.O.P. Grip in Ohio Special Election," 13 July 2018 AC Milan confirmed their place in next season's Europa League with a pulsating 1-1 draw with fellow European hopefuls Atalanta. SI.com, "Atalanta 1-1 AC Milan: Rossoneri Clinch Europa League Spot as Entertaining Clash Ends 10v10," 13 May 2018 Zadie Smith sets scenes like no other writer at work today and fills them with characters and conversations that pulsate with a bottomless energy. Donal Ryan, WSJ, "Five Best: Donal Ryan on Novels About College Days," 13 Sep. 2018 But beyond that initial ignition, the battery continues playing a vital role in all of your vehicle's electric systems, but some myths have circulated about this electric heart pulsating in all our autos. Alex Leanse, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Important Facts (And Myths) About Your Car Battery," 17 May 2017 And though these made our mean old heart pulsate with desire, the real news was back at Couture, where the attendees were abuzz with the decision that no less a company than De Beers has decided to embrace lab-grown diamonds. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "5 Dazzling New Jewelry Designers From the Las Vegas Couture Show," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of pulsate

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pulsate

Latin pulsatus, past participle of pulsare, frequentative of pellere

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English Language Learners Definition of pulsate

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


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

Kids Definition of pulsate

: to have or show strong regular beats
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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