vibrate

verb
vi·​brate | \ ˈvī-ˌbrāt How to pronounce vibrate (audio) , especially British vī-ˈbrāt\
vibrated; vibrating

Definition of vibrate

transitive verb

1 : to swing or move to and fro
2 : to emit with or as if with a vibratory motion
3 : to mark or measure by oscillation a pendulum vibrating seconds
4 : to set in vibration

intransitive verb

1a : to move to and fro or from side to side : oscillate
b : fluctuate, vacillate vibrate between two choices
2 : to have an effect as or as if of vibration music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory— P. B. Shelley
3 : to be in a state of vibration : quiver
4 : to respond sympathetically : thrill vibrate to the opportunity

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Synonyms for vibrate

Synonyms

agitate, bucket, convulse, jerk, jiggle, joggle, jolt, jounce, judder [chiefly British], quake, quiver, shake, shudder, wobble (also wabble)

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swing, sway, oscillate, vibrate, fluctuate, waver, undulate mean to move from one direction to its opposite. swing implies a movement of something attached at one end or one side. the door suddenly swung open sway implies a slow swinging or teetering movement. trees swaying in the breeze oscillate stresses a usually regular alternation of direction. an oscillating fan vibrate suggests the rapid oscillation of an elastic body under stress or impact. the vibrating strings of a piano fluctuate suggests constant irregular changes of level, intensity, or value. fluctuating interest rates waver stresses irregular motion suggestive of reeling or tottering. the exhausted runner wavered before collapsing undulate suggests a gentle wavelike motion. an undulating sea of grass

Examples of vibrate in a Sentence

The car started to vibrate. When you blow into the instrument, the air vibrates the reed.

Recent Examples on the Web

By 2008, Walmart carried objects like vibrating rings, which are primarily designed for men. Katie Van Syckle, New York Times, "The Man Who’s Putting More Sex Toys on Walmart’s Shelves," 3 July 2019 This is particularly important because various vibrators vibrate differently! Gigi Engle, SELF, "5 Tips for Buying Your Very First Vibrator," 26 June 2019 The machine vibrates like another device many ladies are familiar with, and can seem a little intimidating at first. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "I Tried The DERMAFLASH To See If It's Worth My Coins, Or Yours," 18 June 2019 As part of its push, Best Buy will also offer vibrating massage balls, rollers and compression boots like LeBron James and other pro athletes use to recover after games. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "First on CNN Business: Best Buy starts to sell home exercise equipment," 18 June 2019 Green, blue and purple lines oscillated in a narrow band on the computer screens as the air vibrated with a mechanized hum. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "China hints it will choke off U.S. ‘rare earths’ access. But it’s not that easy.," 11 June 2019 If a driver is distracted or begins to close their eyes, an alarm sounds and the seat vibrates. CBS News, "Facial recognition technology ramps up, but lacks "checks and balances"," 5 June 2019 These questions ricochet through Segal’s later works, vibrating at different frequencies. Madeleine Schwartz, Harper's magazine, "Warm, Weird, Effervescent," 10 June 2019 But a little over a week later, Tann’s phone vibrated with another notification, this time a Facebook message from a friend. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of vibrate

1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for vibrate

Latin vibratus, past participle of vibrare to brandish, wave, rock — more at wipe

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The first known use of vibrate was in 1616

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More Definitions for vibrate

vibrate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of vibrate

: to move back and forth or from side to side with very short, quick movements

vibrate

verb
vi·​brate | \ ˈvī-ˌbrāt How to pronounce vibrate (audio) \
vibrated; vibrating

Kids Definition of vibrate

: to move or cause to move back and forth or from side to side very quickly

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