- to beat rapidly or flutter: said esp. of heart action that one is conscious of
- to throb; tremble
Origin of palpitate; from Classical Latin palpitatus, past participle of palpitare, frequentative of palpare, to feel, stroke: see palpable
intransitive verbpal·pi·tat·ed, pal·pi·tat·ing, pal·pi·tates
- To move with a slight tremulous motion; tremble, shake, or quiver.
- To beat with excessive rapidity; throb.
Origin of palpitateLatin palpitare, palpitat-, frequentative of palpare, to touch gently; see palpable.
(third-person singular simple present palpitates, present participle palpitating, simple past and past participle palpitated)