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

Synonyms for vibrate

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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 The center puck will light up, change, colors, vibrate, and recognize some movements as visitors explore the parks at Walt Disney World. Megan Dubois, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 The chair has this LG feature called Cinematic Sound OLED, which LG says allows the display to vibrate to make its own sound without the use of external speakers. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 28 Dec. 2021 Vibrators can be insertable, but their main purpose is to, well, vibrate. Gina Vaynshteyn, Glamour, 22 Dec. 2021 How many different ways can this acoustic guitarist get those six strings to vibrate — and how many different ideas can those vibrations contain? Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2021 But those methanogens also produce methane, a particularly nasty greenhouse gas that is 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide, thanks to the way its molecules vibrate to absorb infrared radiation. Matt Simon, Wired, 1 Oct. 2021 While waves of light can vibrate in any direction, polarized light only vibrates in one direction. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 8 Dec. 2021 Dildos can vibrate, be realistic, flesh-like or both. Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, 3 Dec. 2021 Their motors power the bristles to vibrate or oscillate, effectively removing bacteria to prevent plaque buildup and decay. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, 26 Nov. 2021

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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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24 Jan 2022

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“Vibrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vibrate. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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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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