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English verb: vibrate

1. vibrate (motion) shake, quiver, or throb; move back and forth rapidly, usually in an uncontrolled manner


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)move


Narrower (hyponym)judder, shake, shimmy, wobble

2. vibrate (motion) move or swing from side to side regularly


SamplesThe needle on the meter was oscillating.


Synonymsoscillate


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)sway, swing


Narrower (hyponym)hunt, librate

3. vibrate (stative) be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action


SamplesHe oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement.


Synonymshover, oscillate, vacillate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)hesitate, waffle, waver


Narrower (hyponym)shillyshally

4. vibrate (perception) sound with resonance


SamplesThe sound resonates well in this theater.


Synonymsresonate


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)go, sound


Narrower (hyponym)make vibrant sounds, purr

5. vibrate (emotion) feel sudden intense sensation or emotion


SamplesHe was thrilled by the speed and the roar of the engine.


Synonymsthrill, tickle


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir









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