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verb shake pronunciation in American English /ʃeɪk/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyshake
he/she/itshakes
present participleshaking
past tenseshook
past participleshaken
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to make many quick small movements up and down, or side to side
    Houses shook as a bomb exploded in the neighborhood.
    1. b.
      [transitive] to move something quickly up and down or side to side
      An earthquake shook a wide area of southern Italy last year.
      Shake the dressing well before you put it on the salad.
    2. c.
      [transitive] to hold someone and move them quickly in order to get their attention, or to wake them
      “You’re not listening!” she cried, shaking him.
  2. 2

    shake

    or

    shake off

    [transitive] to get rid of something bad such as a problem, illness, or fear
    She couldn’t shake her fear of snakes.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] if your voice shakes, it sounds weak, nervous, or emotional
    His voice shook as he asked her to marry him.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to make something less strong, powerful, or confident
    The news shook financial markets worldwide.
    Violent conflicts between tribes have shaken the region.
  5. 5
    [transitive] to frighten someone, or to cause them to feel strong emotions
    The boy’s tragic death shook the entire community.
    He was shaken and upset by the accident.
  6. 6

    shake

    or

    shake off

    [transitive] to escape from someone who is following or chasing you
    They ran into the alley, hoping to shake their pursuers.

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