Other forms: shaking; shaken; shakes

Definitions of shake
  1. verb
    move or cause to move back and forth
    “The chemist shook the flask vigorously”
    “My hands were shaking
    synonyms: agitate
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    fluff up, plump up, shake up
    make fuller by shaking
    agitate the air
    move or jerk quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways
    quake, tremor
    shake with seismic vibrations
    cause to throb or beat rapidly
    shake uncontrollably
    agitate by introducing air or compressed gas
    shake up, succuss
    shake; especially (a patient to detect fluids or air in the body)
    shake violently
    shake and cause to make a rattling noise
    convulse, jactitate, slash, thrash, thrash about, thresh, thresh about, toss
    move or stir about violently
    jiggle, joggle, wiggle
    move to and fro
    blow on
    shiver, shudder, thrill, throb
    tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
    palpitate, quake, quiver
    shake with fast, tremulous movements
    thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash
    wag, waggle
    move from side to side
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  2. verb
    move back and forth or sideways
    synonyms: rock, sway
    rock, sway
    cause to move back and forth
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    move, rock, or sway from side to side
    rock, sway, or nod; usually involuntarily
    sway heavily or unsteadily
    move without being stable, as if threatening to fall
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    move back and forth
    move in one direction and then into the opposite direction
  3. verb
    shake (a body part) to communicate a greeting, feeling, or cognitive state
    shake one's head”
    “She shook her finger at the naughty students”
    “The old enemies shook hands”
    “Don't shake your fist at me!”
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    gesticulate, gesture, motion
    show, express, or direct through movement
  4. verb
    move with or as if with a tremor
    “his hands shook
    synonyms: didder
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    move involuntarily, move reflexively
    move in an uncontrolled manner
  5. verb
    shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively
    synonyms: judder
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    shake, quiver, or throb; move back and forth rapidly, usually in an uncontrolled manner
  6. verb
    bring to a specified condition by or as if by shaking
    “He was shaken from his dreams”
    shake the salt out of the salt shaker”
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  7. noun
    causing to move repeatedly from side to side
    synonyms: wag, waggle
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    the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously)
  8. noun
    a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement
  9. noun
    grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract)
    synonyms: handclasp, handshake, handshaking
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    acknowledgement, acknowledgment
    a statement acknowledging something or someone
  10. noun
    frothy drink of milk and flavoring and sometimes fruit or ice cream
    synonyms: milk shake, milkshake
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    a milkshake with egg in it
    thick milkshake containing ice cream
    malt, malted, malted milk
    a milkshake made with malt powder
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    a single serving of a beverage
  11. noun
    a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it
    synonyms: trill
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    musical note, note, tone
    a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound
  12. verb
    stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
    “These stories shook the community”
    “the civil war shook the country”
    synonyms: excite, shake up, stimulate, stir
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    arouse, excite, sex, turn on, wind up
    stimulate sexually
    affright, fright, frighten, scare
    cause fear in
    thrill, tickle, vibrate
    feel sudden intense sensation or emotion
    invite, tempt
    give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting
    elate, intoxicate, lift up, pick up, uplift
    fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
    animate, enliven, exalt, inspire, invigorate
    heighten or intensify
    excite pleasurably or erotically
    frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is
    inspire awe in
    terrify, terrorise, terrorize
    fill with terror; frighten greatly
    make timid or fearful
    alarm, appal, appall, dismay, horrify
    fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised
    fill with anxiety, dread, dismay, or confusion
    try to seduce
    make blessedly happy
    make proud or conceited
    beatify, exalt, exhilarate, inebriate, thrill, tickle pink
    fill with sublime emotion
    inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
    frighten or scare, and often provoke into a violent action
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    arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, pique, provoke, raise
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  13. verb
    undermine or cause to waver
    “my faith has been shaken
    “The bad news shook her hopes”
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    lessen the strength of
  14. verb
    get rid of
    “I couldn't shake the car that was following me”
    synonyms: escape from, shake off, throw off
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    break loose, escape, get away
    run away from confinement
  15. noun
    building material used as siding or roofing
    synonyms: shingle
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    building material
    material used for constructing buildings




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