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quake

verb \ ˈkwāk \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of quake

quaked; quaking
intransitive verb
1 : to shake or vibrate usually from shock or instability
2 : to tremble or shudder usually from cold or fear

Examples of quake in a Sentence

  1. She was quaking with rage.

  2. The explosion made the whole house quake.

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Origin and Etymology of quake

Middle English, from Old English cwacian


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quake

noun

Definition of quake

: an instance of shaking or trembling (as of the earth or moon); especially : earthquake

Examples of quake in a Sentence

  1. the quake registered 6.5 on the Richter scale, causing widespread damage

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First Known Use of quake

14th century


QUAKE Defined for English Language Learners

quake

verb

Definition of quake for English Language Learners

  • : to shake because of fear, anger, etc.

  • : to shake violently


QUAKE Defined for Kids

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quake

verb \ ˈkwāk \

Definition of quake for Students

quaked; quaking
1 : to shake usually from shock or lack of stability The explosion made the house quake.
2 : to tremble or shudder usually from cold or fear
  • Regardless, the guards' faces were stern and hard, and she quaked inside.
  • —Grace Lin, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

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quake

noun

Definition of quake for Students



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