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con·vulse

convulse

 
pronunciation:
kn vuhls
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: convulses, convulsing, convulsed
definition 1: to cause to shake heavily and uncontrollably, as with laughter, pain, or fear.
The audience was convulsed with laughter in almost every scene.
definition 2: to cause to have involuntary spasms or muscle contractions.
The patient appeared to be daydreaming and then suddenly became convulsed.
definition 3: to throw into turmoil; agitate.
It was a war that convulsed the world.
synonyms:
shake
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