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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This is in any case an extremely assorted collection, as befits a crew of variegated weirdos, each with a diagram pulsating above his or her head. Luc Sante, Harper's magazine, "A Crew of Variegated Weirdos," 10 Jan. 2019 These pulsate in a rhythm that depends on their intrinsic luminosity. Corey S. Powell, Discover Magazine, "Why We Still Don't Know How Fast the Universe is Expanding," 1 Jan. 2019 The startup company quickly mobilized and recorded one of the first videos of its kind, an immersive stadium concert film that would give a viewer the sensation of being among the pulsating crowd. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "The Fall and Rise of VR: The Struggle to Make Virtual Reality Get Real," 20 June 2019 Moments when the basketball was pulsating and beautiful and bringing out the very best of Curry and Thompson. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Raptors deserve celebration, but Warriors' injuries denied NBA fans classic Finals," 14 June 2019 Madeline is practically pulsating over the impending Mommy Wars sure to arise during the school year, while Celeste is as broken and delicate as ever. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Big Little Lies," 10 June 2019 Beyond the museums housing some of the world's most extensive collections of Rembrandt and Van Gogh, the city is pulsating with cutting-edge fashion and contemporary design. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Amsterdam," 29 May 2019 As Paloma Elsesser will tell you, the Nigerian megatropolis seems to pulsate with vibrant energy at pretty much every hour of the day and night. Vogue, "Paloma Elsesser Captures the Vibrant Energy of Lagos’s Coolest Festival," 13 May 2019 Shades of Achilles, Patroclus, and Hector unites the heroes as pulsating clouds, radiating regret in the afterlife. Andrew Martin, Harper's magazine, "Not Mere Projection," 10 Mar. 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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