- 1[transitive, intransitive] convulse (somebody) (with something) (rather formal) to cause a sudden shaking movement in somebody’s body; to make this movement A violent shiver convulsed him. His whole body convulsed.
- 2[transitive] be convulsed with laughter, anger, etc. to be laughing so much, so angry, etc. that you cannot control your movements She was convulsed by a bout of sneezing. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin convuls-
BrE BrE//kənˈvʌls//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvʌls//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they convulse
BrE BrE//kənˈvʌls//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvʌls//he / she / it convulses
BrE BrE//kənˈvʌlsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvʌlsɪz//past simple convulsed
BrE BrE//kənˈvʌlst//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvʌlst//past participle convulsed
BrE BrE//kənˈvʌlst//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvʌlst//-ing form convulsing
BrE BrE//kənˈvʌlsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvʌlsɪŋ//