Definition of vibrate
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
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
Examples of vibrate in a sentence
The car started to vibrate.
When you blow into the instrument, the air vibrates the reed.
Origin and Etymology of vibrate
Latin vibratus, past participle of vibrare to brandish, wave, rock — more at wipe
First Known Use: 1616
Synonym Discussion of vibrate
VIBRATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vibrate for English Language Learners
: to move back and forth or from side to side with very short, quick movements
VIBRATE Defined for Kids
Definition of vibrate for Students
: to move or cause to move back and forth or from side to side very quickly
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