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Definition of quake verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    quake

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//kweɪk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they quake
     
    he / she / it quakes
     
    past simple quaked
     
    -ing form quaking
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 2[intransitive] (of the earth or a building) to move or shake violently The ground quaked as the bomb exploded.
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