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

     

    tremble

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈtrembl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrembl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tremble
    BrE BrE//ˈtrembl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrembl//
     
    he / she / it trembles
    BrE BrE//ˈtremblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtremblz//
     
    past simple trembled
    BrE BrE//ˈtrembld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrembld//
     
    past participle trembled
    BrE BrE//ˈtrembld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrembld//
     
    -ing form trembling
    BrE BrE//ˈtremblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtremblɪŋ//
     
    Excitement, Nervous, Fear
     
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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. See related entries: Excitement, Nervous
  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. See related entries: Fear
  4. Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): from Old French trembler, from medieval Latin tremulare, from Latin tremulus, from tremere ‘tremble’.Extra examples He was still trembling in fear. His voice was still trembling. I began to tremble uncontrollably. She trembled at the thought of going back through those prison doors. She was trembling with anger. The thought made him tremble inside. I trembled at the thought of making a speech.
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