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shake

shake

 
 
pronunciation:
sheIk
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: shakes, shaking, shook, shaken
definition 1: to move back and forth or up and down with rapid, jerky motions.
The suspension bridge shook in the high wind.She was shaking with laughter as she listened to the comedian.
synonyms:
jiggle, joggle, quake, quiver
similar words:
flutter, jounce, oscillate, rock, shimmy, sway, tremble, twitch, vacillate, vibrate, waver, wiggle, wobble
definition 2: to tremble, as from cold, fear, or anger.
Her shoulders began to shake as she stood outside in the frigid air.His hands shook with nervousness as he stepped up to the podium.
synonyms:
quake, quaver, shiver, tremble
similar words:
quiver, shudder, waver
definition 3: to become unsteady; totter.
The basketball player suddenly shook and fell to the floor.
synonyms:
dodder, teeter, totter, wobble
similar words:
falter, stagger, stumble, tremble, waver
definition 4: to take the hand of another as in greeting or congratulations.
In this country, it is common to shake when you are introduced to someone.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to move (something) back and forth or up and down with rapid, jerky motions.
Shake the bottle before you pour the medicine.
synonyms:
jiggle, joggle
similar words:
agitate, jounce, quiver, rock, sway, twitch, vibrate, wag, wiggle
definition 2: to dislodge by rapid, jerky motions.
She shook the dust from the old mop.
similar words:
dislodge, jiggle, joggle, knock
definition 3: to cause to tremble or sway; vibrate.
The earthquake shook the ground.
synonyms:
sway, vibrate
similar words:
fluctuate, oscillate, rock, stagger
definition 4: to brandish; wave.
He shook his fist in anger.
synonyms:
brandish, wave
similar words:
flap, flourish, swing
definition 5: to upset; agitate; disturb.
The news of her death shook him badly.
synonyms:
agitate, disturb, perturb, rock, unsettle, upset
antonyms:
soothe
similar words:
convulse, disquiet, distress, jar, jolt, shock, stagger, trouble, unnerve, unstring
definition 6: to take (the hand of another), as in greeting or congratulations.
He shook my hand with a firm grip.
similar words:
clasp, grasp
definition 7: to elude.
They did everything they could to shake their pursuers.
synonyms:
elude, escape, evade
similar words:
avoid, lose, throw
definition 8: to weaken or cause to waver.
That terrible fall shook his confidence.The experience shook her beliefs.
antonyms:
fortify, reinforce, strengthen
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or an instance of shaking, trembling, or swaying.
The large dog knocked over the lamp with one shake of its tail.
synonyms:
jiggle, joggle, quaver, quiver, shiver, sway, tremor
similar words:
shudder, wobble
definition 2: the act of taking the hand of another, as in greeting or congratulations.
She gave him a friendly shake.
synonyms:
handshake
definition 3: a drink made by shaking its ingredients together to blend them.
I made a shake with milk and chocolate ice cream.
definition 4: a rough shingle, often of cedar, used as siding or roofing for homes, barns, and other domestic buildings.
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