Shake definition

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To tremble, quake, or quiver, as from cold or fear.
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(games) To rattle and mix (dice) before casting.
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The definition of a shake is the act of moving from side to side, or a drink where the ingredients are moved from side to side to blend together.

An example of a shake is the action a baby takes with a rattle.

An example of a shake is a Frappucino from Starbucks.

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To clasp (hands) in greeting or leave-taking or as a sign of agreement.
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(music) To trill (a note).
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To bring to a specified condition by or as if by shaking.
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To move from side to side or up and down in short, irregular, often jerky movements.

The trees shook in the wind.

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A trembling or quivering movement.
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To cause to move from side to side or up and down with jerky movements.

I shook the juice container.

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To cause to tremble, vibrate, or rock.

The earthquake shook the ground. The wind shook the barley.

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To get rid of or put an end to.

Could not shake the feeling that things would not work out; wanted to shake his habit of snacking.

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To get away from (a pursuer).

Couldn't shake the man who was following us.

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To brandish or wave, especially in anger.

Shake one's fist.

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To cause to lose stability or strength, as of conviction.

A crisis that has shaken my deepest beliefs.

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To disturb or agitate emotionally; upset or unnerve.

She was shaken by the news of the disaster.

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To remove or dislodge by jerky movements.

Shook the dust from the cushions.

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To scatter or strew by jerky movements.

Shook the salt on the popcorn.

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To move something vigorously up and down or from side to side, as in mixing.
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To tremble, as from cold or in anger.
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To be unsteady; totter or waver.
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(music) To trill.
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To shake hands.

Let's shake on it.

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The act of shaking.

Gave the bottle a shake.

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(informal) An earthquake.
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(informal) A moment or instant.

I'll do it in a shake.

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(music) A trill.
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A rough shingle used to cover rustic buildings, such as barns.

Cedar shakes.

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(informal) Uncontrollable trembling, as in a person who is cold, frightened, feverish, or ill. Often used with the:

Was suffering from a bad case of the shakes.

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(informal) A bargain or deal.

Getting a fair shake.

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A fissure in rock.
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A crack in timber caused by wind or frost.
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A beverage in which the ingredients are mixed by shaking.
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To cause to move up and down, back and forth, or from side to side with short, quick movements.
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To pivot (the head) from side to side, specif. as a sign of disagreement, disappointment, disapproval, etc.
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To bring, force, mix, stir up, dislodge, rearrange, etc. by or as by abrupt, brisk movements.

To shake a medicine before taking it.

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To cause to quiver or tremble.

Chills that shook his body.

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To brandish; flourish; wave.
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To clasp (another's hand), as in greeting or agreement.
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(informal) To get away from or rid of.

To shake one's pursuers.

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To scatter by short, quick movements of the container.

To shake pepper on a steak.

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To clean, empty, or straighten by short, quick movements.

To shake a rug.

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To cause to totter or become unsteady.
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To unnerve; disturb; upset.

He was shaken by the news.

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To move or be moved quickly and irregularly up and down, back and forth, or from side to side; vibrate.
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To become unsteady; totter; reel.
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To clasp each other's hand, as in greeting or agreement.
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An act of shaking; back-and-forth movement.
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An unsteady or trembling movement; tremor.
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A natural split or fissure in rock or timber.
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A long, rough-hewn shingle split from a log.
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(informal) An earthquake.
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(informal) A convulsive trembling, as from disease, fear, or alcoholism.
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(informal) A very short time; moment.

Be back in a shake.

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(informal) A particular kind of treatment; deal.

To get a fair shake.

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(ergative) To cause (something) to move rapidly in opposite directions alternatingly.

The earthquake shook the building.

He shook the can of soda for thirty seconds before delivering it to me, so that, when I popped it open, soda went everywhere.

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To move (one's head) from side to side, especially to indicate a negative.

Shaking his head, he kept repeating "No, no, no".

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To move or remove by agitating; to throw off by a jolting or vibrating motion.

To shake fruit down from a tree.

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To lose, evade, or get rid of (something).

I can't shake the feeling that I forgot something.

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(intransitive) To move from side to side.

She shook with grief.

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(intransitive, usually as "shake on") To shake hands.

OK, let's shake on it.

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(intransitive) To dance.

She was shaking it on the dance floor.

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To give a tremulous tone to; to trill.

To shake a note in music.

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The act of shaking something.

The cat gave the mouse a shake.

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A beverage made by adding ice cream to a (usually carbonated) drink; a float.
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Shake cannabis, small, leafy fragments of cannabis that gather at the bottom of a bag of marijuana.
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(building material) A thin shingle.
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A crack or split between the growth rings in wood.
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A fissure in rock or earth.
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(informal) Instant, second. (Especially in two shakes.)
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(nautical) One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart.

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(music) A rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill.
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A shook of staves and headings.

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(UK, dialect) The redshank, so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Shake is defined as to move with short quick motions, to combine by vibrating or to emotionally upset.

An example of to shake is to combine oil and vinegar in a jar by moving the jar quickly up and down, to shake the jar.

An example of to shake is for a severe car accident to make someone afraid to drive, to shake up.

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(slang) give (someone) the shake
  • To escape from or get rid of:
    We managed to give our pursuers the shake.
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(slang) no great shakes
  • Unexceptional; ordinary:
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(informal) shake a leg
  • To dance.
  • To move quickly; hurry up.
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(slang) shake (someone's) tree
  • To arouse to action or reaction; disturb:
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(slang) shake a stick at
  • To point out, designate, or name:
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give someone (or something) the shake
  • to avoid or get rid of an undesirable person (or thing)
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no great shakes
  • not of outstanding ability, importance, etc.; ordinary
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shake down
  • to bring down or cause to fall by shaking
  • to cause to settle by shaking
  • to test or condition (new equipment, etc.)
  • to extort money from, as by blackmail
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shake hands
  • to clasp each other's hand as a token of agreement or friendship, or in parting or greeting
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shake off
  • to get away from or rid of (an undesirable person or thing)
  • to reject (a suggestion, request, etc.)
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shake up
  • to shake, esp. so as to mix, blend, or loosen
  • to disturb or rouse by or as by shaking
  • to jar or shock
  • to redistribute or reorganize by or as by shaking
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
shake
Plural:
shakes

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

give (someone) the shake
shake (someone's) tree
shake a stick at
give someone (<i>or</i> something) the shake

Origin of shake

  • Middle English schaken from Old English sceacan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English schaken, from Old English sceacan, scacan (“to shake"). from Proto-Germanic *skakanÄ… (“to shake, swing, escape"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keg-, *(s)kek- (“to jump, move"). Cognate with Scots schake, schack (“to shake"), West Frisian schaekje (“to shake"), Dutch schaken (“to elope, make clean, shake"), Low German schacken (“to shake"), Swedish skaka (“to shake"), Dutch schokken (“to shake, shock"), Russian скакать (skakatʹ, “to jump"). More at shock.

    From Wiktionary