Definition of


  1. (verb, motion) shake, quiver, or throb; move back and forth rapidly, usually in an uncontrolled manner
  2. (verb, motion) move or swing from side to side regularly
  3. (verb, stative) be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action
  4. (verb, perception) sound with resonance
  5. (verb, emotion) feel sudden intense sensation or emotion

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Synonyms of Vibrate

hover, oscillate, resonate, thrill, tickle, vacillate

Origin of the word Vibrate

  1. 1616, from L. vibratus, pp. of vibrare "move quickly to and fro, shake," from PIE *w(e)ib- "move quickly to and fro" (cf. Lith. wyburiu "to wag" (the tail), Dan. vippe, Du. wippen "to swing," O.E. wipan "to wipe"). Musical vibrato (1861) reproduces the It. form. more

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Words that sound like Vibrate

variate, varied, variety, verdi, verity, vertu, verwoerd, vibrato, viperidae, viridity, viroid, virtu, virtue, viverridae

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