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verb rattle pronunciation in British English /ˈræt(ə)l/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerattling
past tenserattled
past participlerattled
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] if something rattles, it makes short sharp knocking sounds as it moves or shakes

    The house shook and the doors and windows rattled.

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

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

  2. 2
    [intransitive] if a vehicle or a train rattles somewhere, it moves there quickly and noisily


used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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