- 1[intransitive, transitive] to move gently backward and forward or from side to side; to make someone or something move in this way (+ adv./prep.) The boat rocked from side to side in the waves. She was rocking backward and forward in her seat. rock somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) He rocked the baby gently in his arms. shock
- 2[transitive, often passive] rock somebody/something to shock someone or something very much or make them afraid The country was rocked by a series of political scandals. The news rocked the world. shake
- 3[intransitive, transitive] to shake or to make something shake violently The house rocked when the bomb exploded. rock something The town was rocked by an earthquake. (figurative) The scandal rocked the government (= made the situation difficult for it). dance
- 4 [intransitive] (old-fashioned) to dance to rock music be good
- 5something rocks [intransitive] (slang) used to say that something is very good Her new movie rocks! Idioms
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NAmE//rɑk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rock
he / she / it rocks
past simple rocked
-ing form rocking
to do something that upsets a situation and causes problems She was told to keep her mouth shut and not rock the boat.
rock the boat (informal)jump to other results
to cause people to question their basic beliefs about something This issue has shaken the foundations of Louisiana politics.
shake/rock the foundations of something, shake/rock something to its foundationsjump to other results