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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Recent Examples on the Web The glitzy megacity of Jakarta pulsated with the energy of hosting one of the most important sporting events of the year. Lauren Decicca, National Geographic, "How wheelchair basketball changed these women's lives," 21 Oct. 2019 After the Giants’ pulsating 5-4 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night, winning pitcher Sam Coonrod, a teammate of Venditte in Sacramento, was thinking about his friend. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Giants minor leaguer takes leave after wife has brain bleed," 24 July 2019 All the while, Sultana was practically pulsating with the music, spinning and dancing and strutting all over the stage. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tash Sultana is like Ed Sheeran and Phish rolled into one at Milwaukee show, and so much more," 11 Sep. 2019 Another pair of tubes connected to the top of the organ steadily pulsated, in concert with two red pumps. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s University Hospital part of study to improve transplants," 3 Sep. 2019 The floorboards of our rehearsal space and the walls of the Friedman Theatre pulsated with generosity, collaboration, two feet planted in the present, and an eye on the future. Brandon Uranowitz, Town & Country, "Legendary Broadway Director Hal Prince Remembered For His "Immovable Reverence for Talent"," 5 Aug. 2019 For instance, the mission may reveal why the sun’s pulsating corona, a twisting mass of plasma, is so much hotter than its surface. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Fastest Spacecraft Ever Zips Past the Sun for a Third Time," 4 Sep. 2019 There were pulsating group hugs, the delighted finger-counting of personal scoring tallies, even a few fancy poses. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "The Women’s World Cup Has Become a Referendum on Women’s Sports," 13 June 2019 But, if the weirdness of Brown’s situation continues to pulsate, there’s only so much longer the series can bury what is clearly sitting in plain sight. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Hard Knocks Recap: What We Learned About Jon Gruden and Antonio Brown's Feet," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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