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shake

play
verb \ˈshāk\

Definition of shake

shook

play \ˈshu̇k\;

shaken

play \ˈshā-kən\;

shaking

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move irregularly to and fro

  3. 2 :  to vibrate especially as the result of a blow or shock

  4. 3 :  to tremble as a result of physical or emotional disturbance shook with fear

  5. 4 :  to experience a state of instability :  totter

  6. 5 :  to briskly move something to and fro or up and down especially in order to mix

  7. 6 :  to clasp hands

  8. 7 :  2trill

  9. transitive verb
  10. 1 :  to brandish, wave, or flourish often in a threatening manner protesters shaking their fists

  11. 2 :  to cause to move to and fro, up and down, or from side to side especially in a repetitive, rhythmic, or quick jerky manner shook his head in disapproval

  12. 3 :  to cause to quake, quiver, or tremble

  13. 4a :  to free oneself from shake a habit shake off a coldb :  to get away from :  get rid of can you shake your friend? I want to talk to you alone — Elmer Davis

  14. 5 :  to lessen the stability of :  weaken shake one's faith

  15. 6 :  to bring to a specified condition by or as if by repeated quick jerky movements shook himself loose from the man's grasp

  16. 7 :  to dislodge or eject by quick jerky movements of the support or container shook the dust from the cloth

  17. 8 :  to clasp (hands) in greeting or farewell or as a sign of goodwill or agreement

  18. 9 :  to stir the feelings of :  upset, agitate shook her up

  19. 10 :  2trill

shakable

or

shakeable

play \ˈshā-kə-bəl\ adjective

shake a leg

  1. 1 :  dance

  2. 2 :  to hurry up

shake a stick at

  1. :  to form a conception of (as by counting or imagining) :  conceive —usually used in the phrase more than one can shake a stick at

Examples of shake in a Sentence

  1. The ground shook during the earthquake.

  2. The house shook as the train rumbled by.

  3. The earthquake shook the ground.

  4. Shake the salad dressing well before using it.

  5. I was so nervous that I was shaking like a leaf.

  6. The fugitive couldn't shake the police.

  7. It's hard to shake the feeling that I'm forgetting something.

  8. The news did nothing to shake my belief that things will be okay.

  9. Nothing could shake his faith in God.

Origin and Etymology of shake

Middle English, from Old English sceacan; akin to Old Norse skaka to shake

Synonym Discussion of shake

shake, agitate, rock, convulse mean to move up and down or to and fro with some violence. shake often carries a further implication of a particular purpose. shake well before using agitate suggests a violent and prolonged tossing or stirring. an ocean agitated by storms rock suggests a swinging or swaying motion resulting from violent impact or upheaval. the whole city was rocked by the explosion convulse suggests a violent pulling or wrenching as of a body in a paroxysm. spectators were convulsed with laughter

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shake

noun

Definition of shake

  1. 1 :  an act of shaking: such asa :  an act of shaking handsb :  an act of shaking oneself

  2. 2a :  a blow or shock that upsets the equilibrium or disturbs the balance of somethingb :  earthquake

  3. 3 shakes plural a :  a condition of trembling or nervousness; specifically :  delirium tremensb :  malaria 2a

  4. 4 :  something produced by shaking: such asa :  a fissure separating annual rings of growth in timberb (1) :  milk shake (2) :  a beverage resembling a milk shake a protein shake

  5. 5 :  a wavering, quivering, or alternating motion caused by a blow or shock

  6. 6 :  trill

  7. 7 :  a very brief period of time I'll be there in two shakes

  8. 8 shakes plural :  one that is exceptional especially in importance, ability, or merit —usually used in the phrase no great shakes

  9. 9 :  a shingle split from a piece of log usually three or four feet (about one meter) long

  10. 10 :  3deal 3 a fair shake

Examples of shake in a Sentence

  1. He responded to the question with a shake of his head.

  2. Give the dice a shake.

  3. He drank too much coffee and got a bad case of the shakes.

First Known Use of shake

1581



SHAKE Defined for English Language Learners

shake

play
verb

Definition of shake for English Language Learners

  • : to move sometimes violently back and forth or up and down with short, quick movements

  • : to move or have parts of your body move in short, quick movements and in a way that you are not able to control

  • : to free yourself from (someone or something) : to get away from or get rid of (someone or something)

shake

noun

Definition of shake for English Language Learners

  • : a short, quick movement back and forth or up and down

  • the shakes : a condition in which parts of your body move in a way that you are not able to control


SHAKE Defined for Kids

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shake

play
verb \ˈshāk\

Definition of shake for Students

shook

\ˈshu̇k\;

shaken

\ˈshā-kən\;

shaking

  1. 1 :  to make or cause to make quick movements back and forth or up and down The ground shook. Squirrels shook the branches.

  2. 2 :  to tremble or make tremble :  quiver She was so frightened her legs began to shake.

  3. 3 :  to move from side to side I shook my head.

  4. 4 :  to grasp and move up and down After reaching an agreement, they shook hands.

  5. 5 :  to get away from She ran faster, but couldn't shake the dog.

  6. 6 :  to make less firm :  weaken After being beaten badly their confidence was shaken.

  7. 7 :  to cause to be, become, go, or move by or as if by using a quick back and forth motion We can shake apples from the tree.


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shake

play
noun

Definition of shake for Students

  1. :  a quick back and forth or up and down movement



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