Definition of palpitate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

palpitate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈpælpɪteɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpælpɪteɪt//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they palpitate
BrE BrE//ˈpælpɪteɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpælpɪteɪt//
 
he / she / it palpitates
BrE BrE//ˈpælpɪteɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpælpɪteɪts//
 
past simple palpitated
BrE BrE//ˈpælpɪteɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpælpɪteɪtɪd//
 
past participle palpitated
BrE BrE//ˈpælpɪteɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpælpɪteɪtɪd//
 
-ing form palpitating
BrE BrE//ˈpælpɪteɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpælpɪteɪtɪŋ//
 
Fear
 
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(of the heart) to beat rapidly and/or in an irregular way especially because of fear or excitement He was aware of his palpitating heart. Her heart was palpitating wildly. See related entries: Fear Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin palpitat- ‘patted’, from the verb palpitare, frequentative of palpare ‘touch gently’.
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