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

     

    quake

     verb
    verb
    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
     
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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. See related entries: Nervous, Fear
  2. 2[intransitive] (of the earth or a building) to move or shake violently The ground quaked as the bomb exploded.
  3. Word Origin Old English cwacian.
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