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palpitate

[pal-pi-teyt] /ˈpæl pɪˌteɪt/
verb (used without object), palpitated, palpitating.
1.
to pulsate with unusual rapidity from exertion, emotion, disease, etc.; flutter:
His heart palpitated wildly.
2.
to pulsate; quiver; throb; tremble.
verb (used with object), palpitated, palpitating.
3.
to cause to pulsate or tremble.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin palpitātus, past participle of palpitāre to pulsate, frequentative of palpāre to stroke. See palpus, -ate1
Related forms
palpitatingly, adverb
unpalpitating, adjective
Synonyms
1. See pulsate.
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  • When exposed to the smoke, my heart starts to palpitate and my entire body begins to shake.
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British Dictionary definitions for palpitate

palpitate

/ˈpælpɪˌteɪt/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(of the heart) to beat with abnormal rapidity
2.
to flutter or tremble
Derived Forms
palpitant, adjective
palpitation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin palpitāre to throb, from palpāre to stroke
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Word Origin and History for palpitate
v.

1620s, from Latin palpitatus, past participle of palpitare "to throb, flutter" (see palpitation). Related: Palpitated; palpitating.

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