Definition of "vibrate" []

  • To move back and forth or to and fro, especially rhythmically and rapidly. See Synonyms at swing. (verb-intransitive)
  • To feel a quiver of emotion. (verb-intransitive)
  • To shake or move with or as if with a slight quivering or trembling motion: "Even as the film moved . . . to the more deadly fields of Vietnam, old hatreds vibrated in me” ( Loudon Wainwright). (verb-intransitive)
  • To produce a sound; resonate. (verb-intransitive)
  • To fluctuate or waver in making choices; vacillate. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move or cause to move back and forth rapidly; shake, quiver, or throb (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To oscillate (verb)
  • To send out (a sound) by vibration; resonate or cause to resonate (verb)
  • To waver (verb)
  • To undergo or cause to undergo an oscillatory or periodic process, as of an alternating current; oscillate (verb)
  • To respond emotionally; thrill (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "vibrate" in a sentence
  • "I could sit and listen and hear him deep in the earth, feel his call vibrate through my body, and I was close, so close."
  • "The technology that makes a cell phone vibrate is the same technology that provides more natural movements to prosthetic limbs."
  • "One must laugh and weep, love, work, enjoy and suffer, in short vibrate as much as possible in all his being."