AskDefine | Define palpitate

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1 cause to throb or beat rapidly; "Her violent feelings palpitated the young woman's heart"
2 shake with fast, tremulous movements; "His nostrils palpitated" [syn: quiver, quake]
3 beat rapidly; "His heart palpitated" [syn: flutter]

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  1. to throb, beat strongly

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