pul·sate | \ ˈpəl-ˌsāt also ˌpəl-ˈ \
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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This remix from JayKode and Lookas brings the 2010 vibe up to 2017 speed with a dark, brash synth hook that pulsates in your face like a million flashing lights. Kat Bein, Billboard, "10 Best Swedish House Mafia Remixes," 29 Mar. 2018 That song is a signature example of Miami Sound Machine and the Estefans’ style: a fusion of pulsating Cuban rhythms and sleek American pop. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "Review: 'On Your Feet!,' the Gloria and Emilio Estefan story, sets rhythms in irresistible motion," 11 July 2018 The English tabloids weren’t dialing up the hype meter and suggesting that one pulsating conclusion indicated that World Cup glory was on its way. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "England breathes sigh of relief after uninspired win against lowly Tunisia," 18 June 2018 After back-to-back penalty shoot-outs, Brazil versus Mexico and Belgium's pulsating comeback against Japan, there was always a danger this last-16 tie would struggle to deliver, even on low expectations. Thomas Allnutt, chicagotribune.com, "Sweden book place in World Cup quarter-finals after edging past Switzerland," 3 July 2018 GoT's action is driven by the pulsating score provided by Ramin Djawadi, but the series has frequently tapped musicians in disguise to appear or perform on the show. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Columbia Records Teaming With HBO for 'Music Inspired by Game of Thrones' Album," 4 June 2018 You’re right back in the hallucinatory stew of pulsating circles, eye-popping hijinks and mind-bending conundrums. David Pagel, latimes.com, "Enter the rainbow: Inside artist Mindy Shapero's mind-bending room," 16 May 2018 But this is no Ultra, which is a giant party catered to young people with its loud, pulsating music blaring late into the night. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "Formula One 'an opportunity like no other' for Miami, but will a deal get done?," 23 June 2018 Eerie, pulsating music and low candlelight greeted guests along with generous plates of cheese, sesame chicken, and beef sliders. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "A Séance Gone Bad: Hereditary’s New York City Premiere Was All Screams and Shouts," 6 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 \
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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