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Definition of "shake" []

  • To cause to move to and fro with jerky movements. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to quiver, tremble, vibrate, or rock. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to lose stability or waver: a crisis that shook my deepest beliefs. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove or dislodge by jerky movements: shook the dust from the cushions. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring to a specified condition by or as if by shaking: "It is not easy to shake one's heart free of the impression” ( John Middleton Murry). (verb-transitive)

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.

Use "shake" in a sentence
  • "I don't propose to have "-- _shake_ --" an old windbag offering _me_ his blubbery old bosom "-- _shake, shake, SHAKE_ --" at this time of my life!"
  • "* twist n kik & twist n kik * * shake shake shake*—- oops, ai meen .."
  • "Richardson derives it from the same root with the other _jog_, which means to shake, ( "A.S. _sceac-an_, to _shake_, or _shock_, or"