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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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 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

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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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