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Meaning & Definition of Shake in English

English

Shake

/ʃek/

noun

1. Building material used as siding or roofing

    synonym:
  • shingle
  • ,
  • shake

2. Frothy drink of milk and flavoring and sometimes fruit or ice cream

    synonym:
  • milkshake
  • ,
  • milk shake
  • ,
  • shake

3. A note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it

    synonym:
  • trill
  • ,
  • shake

4. Grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract)

    synonym:
  • handshake
  • ,
  • shake
  • ,
  • handshaking
  • ,
  • handclasp

5. A reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement

    synonym:
  • tremble
  • ,
  • shiver
  • ,
  • shake

6. Causing to move repeatedly from side to side

    synonym:
  • wag
  • ,
  • waggle
  • ,
  • shake

verb

1. Move or cause to move back and forth

  • "The chemist shook the flask vigorously"
  • "My hands were shaking"
    synonym:
  • shake
  • ,
  • agitate

2. Move with or as if with a tremor

  • "His hands shook"
    synonym:
  • shake
  • ,
  • didder

3. Shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively

  • "The old engine was juddering"
    synonym:
  • judder
  • ,
  • shake

4. Move back and forth or sideways

  • "The ship was rocking"
  • "The tall building swayed"
  • "She rocked back and forth on her feet"
    synonym:
  • rock
  • ,
  • sway
  • ,
  • shake

5. Undermine or cause to waver

  • "My faith has been shaken"
  • "The bad news shook her hopes"
    synonym:
  • shake

6. Stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

  • "These stories shook the community"
  • "The civil war shook the country"
    synonym:
  • stimulate
  • ,
  • shake
  • ,
  • shake up
  • ,
  • excite
  • ,
  • stir

7. Get rid of

  • "I couldn't shake the car that was following me"
    synonym:
  • shake
  • ,
  • shake off
  • ,
  • throw off
  • ,
  • escape from

8. Bring to a specified condition by or as if by shaking

  • "He was shaken from his dreams"
  • "Shake the salt out of the salt shaker"
    synonym:
  • shake

9. Shake (a body part) to communicate a greeting, feeling, or cognitive state

  • "Shake one's head"
  • "She shook her finger at the naughty students"
  • "The old enemies shook hands"
  • "Don't shake your fist at me!"
    synonym:
  • shake

Examples of using

The ground started to shake and the alarm rang.
The ground started to shake and the alarm rang.
It's the first time I shake hands with the mayor.