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verb rock pronunciation in British English /rɒk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerocking
past tenserocked
past participlerocked
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to move backwards and forwards or from side to side in a gentle way
    He sat rocking in his seat and staring out of the window.
    Hold your knees close to your chest and rock from side to side.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make someone or something move backwards and forwards or from side to side in a gentle way
      She rocked the child in her arms.
  2. 2
    [transitive] mainly journalism to shock, surprise, or frighten someone
    Spain has been rocked by another political scandal.
  3. 3
    [transitive] if an explosion or earthquake rocks something, it makes it shake violently
    The blast rocked the houses in the street.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] if something rocks, it shakes violently as a result of an explosion or an earthquake
      The solid ground rocked beneath us.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] informal to play or dance to rock music
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