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Definition of tremble verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tremble
    he / she / it trembles
    past simple trembled
    -ing form trembling
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  1. 1[intransitive] tremble (with something) to shake in a way that you cannot control, especially because you are very nervous, excited, frightened, etc. My legs were trembling with fear. Her voice trembled with excitement. He opened the letter with trembling hands.
  2. 2[intransitive] to shake slightly synonym quiver leaves trembling in the breeze
  3. 3[intransitive] to be very worried or frightened I trembled at the thought of having to make a speech.
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