- 1[intransitive] quake (with something) (of a person) to shake because you are very frightened or nervous synonym tremble Quaking with fear, Polly slowly opened the door. They are quaking in their boots at the prospect of tomorrow’s game. See related entries: Nervous, Fear
- 2[intransitive] (of the earth or a building) to move or shake violently The ground quaked as the bomb exploded. Word Origin Old English cwacian.
BrE BrE//kweɪk//; NAmE NAmE//kweɪk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they quake
BrE BrE//kweɪk//; NAmE NAmE//kweɪk//he / she / it quakes
BrE BrE//kweɪks//; NAmE NAmE//kweɪks//past simple quaked
BrE BrE//kweɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//kweɪkt//past participle quaked
BrE BrE//kweɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//kweɪkt//-ing form quaking
BrE BrE//ˈkweɪkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkweɪkɪŋ//Nervous, Fear