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verb     rattle pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerattling
past tenserattled
past participlerattled
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  1. 1
    [intransitive]Sound effect if something rattles, it makes short sharp knocking sounds as it moves or shakes

    The house shook and the doors and windows rattled.

    There’s something rattling in the bottom of that box.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to knock things together, or to shake them so that they rattle

      Betty was rattling pans in the kitchen.

      He came up the driveway, rattling a bunch of keys.

  2. 2
    [transitive] informal to make someone feel nervous or angry

    Just keep your cool and don’t let him rattle you.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] if a vehicle or a train rattles somewhere, it moves there quickly and noisily

    Don came rattling down the track in his battered old truck.


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