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From Latin vibrātus, perfect passive participle of vibrō (agitate, set in tremulous motion).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /vaɪˈbɹeɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈvaɪ.bɹeɪt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪt


vibrate (third-person singular simple present vibrates, present participle vibrating, simple past and past participle vibrated)

  1. (intransitive) To shake with small, rapid movements to and fro.
  2. (intransitive) To resonate.
    Her mind was vibrating with excitement.
  3. (transitive) To brandish; to swing to and fro.
    to vibrate a sword or a staff
  4. (transitive) To mark or measure by moving to and fro.
    a pendulum vibrating seconds
  5. (transitive) To affect with vibratory motion; to set in vibration.
    • Holder
      Breath vocalized, that is, vibrated or undulated, may [] impress a swift, tremulous motion.
    • Tennyson
      Star to star vibrates light.
  6. (transitive, slang, dated) To please or impress someone.
    • 1949, Ladies' Home Journal (volume 66, page 115)
      And if he wants to give you high praise, he'll answer, "That vibrates me"; "That has a large charge"; or "That's oogley."
    • 1961, Congressional Record
      [] standing side by side under a Grecian column, tapping their feet in unison and saying such things as "Hot-diggety,” “Razz-ma-tazz," “That vibrates me," and other expressions of praise current in their youth.
  7. (intransitive, music) To use vibrato.

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vibrate (uncountable)

  1. The setting, on a portable electronic device, that causes it to vibrate rather than sound any (or most) needed alarms.
    Please put your cellphones on vibrate for the duration of the meeting.


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