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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.


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.


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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