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    • 1. an act of shaking: "with a shake of its magnificent antlers the stag charged down the slope" Similar jigglejogglejerkinformal:waggle
    • 2. a fit of trembling or shivering: informal "I wouldn't go in there, it gives me the shakes" Similar a fit of tremblingdelirium tremenstremorsthe horrors

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  3. Definition of shake. (Entry 1 of 2) intransitive verb. 1 : to move irregularly to and fro. 2 : to vibrate especially as the result of a blow or shock. 3 : to tremble as a result of physical or emotional disturbance shook with fear.

  4. shake. (shāk) v.shook(sho͝ok), shak·en(shā′kən), shak·ing, shakes. 1. a. To cause to move from side to side or up and down with jerky movements: I shook the juice container. b. To cause to tremble, vibrate, or rock: The earthquake shook the ground.

  5. To shake is to agitate more or less quickly, abruptly, and often unevenly so as to disturb the poise, stability, or equilibrium of a person or thing: a pole shaking under his weight. To quiver is to exhibit a slight vibratory motion such as that resulting from disturbed or irregular (surface) tension: The surface of the pool quivered in the breeze.

  6. Meaning of shake in English. shake verb (MOVE) B1 [ I or T ] to move backwards and forwards or up and down in quick, short movements, or to make something or someone do this: A ... shake verb (UPSET) shake verb (MAKE WEAKER) shake verb (GET RID OF) Idioms.

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