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

     

    pulsate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pʌlˈseɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌlseɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pulsate
    BrE BrE//pʌlˈseɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌlseɪt//
     
    he / she / it pulsates
    BrE BrE//pʌlˈseɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌlseɪts//
     
    past simple pulsated
    BrE BrE//pʌlˈseɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌlseɪtɪd//
     
    past participle pulsated
    BrE BrE//pʌlˈseɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌlseɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form pulsating
    BrE BrE//pʌlˈseɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌlseɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to make strong regular movements or sounds pulsating rhythms a pulsating headache Lights were pulsating in the sky. The lights were pulsating in time with the throbbing music.
  2. 2[intransitive] to be full of excitement or energy synonym buzz a pulsating game pulsate with something The streets were pulsating with life.
  3. Word Origin late 18th cent. (earlier (Middle English) as pulsation): from Latin pulsat- ‘throbbed, pulsed’, from the verb pulsare, frequentative of pellere ‘to drive, beat’.
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