Meaning of SHAKE in English


(~s, shaking, shook, ~n)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


If you ~ something, you hold it and move it quickly backwards and forwards or up and down. You can also ~ a person, for example, because you are angry with them or because you want them to wake up.

The nurse shook the thermometer and put it under my armpit...

Shake the rugs well and hang them for a few hours before replacing on the floor...

VERB: V n, V n

Shake is also a noun.

She picked up the bag of salad and gave it a ~.

N-COUNT: usu sing


If you ~ yourself or your body, you make a lot of quick, small, repeated movements without moving from the place where you are.

As soon as he got inside, the dog shook himself...

He shook his hands to warm them up.

VERB: V pron-refl, V n

Shake is also a noun.

Take some slow, deep breaths and give your body a bit of a ~.



If you ~ your head, you turn it from side to side in order to say ‘no’ or to show disbelief or sadness.

‘Anything else?’ Colum asked. Kathryn shook her head wearily...


Shake is also a noun.

Palmer gave a sad ~ of his head.



If you are shaking, or a part of your body is shaking, you are making quick, small movements that you cannot control, for example because you are cold or afraid.

My hand shook so much that I could hardly hold the microphone...

I stood there, crying and shaking with fear.

VERB: V, V with n


If you ~ your fist or an object such as a stick at someone, you wave it in the air in front of them because you are angry with them.

The colonel rushed up to Earle, shaking his gun at him...

VERB: V n at n


If a force ~s something, or if something ~s, it moves from side to side or up and down with quick, small, but sometimes violent movements. explosion that shook buildings several kilometers away...

The breeze grew in strength, the flags shook, plastic bunting creaked.

VERB: V n, V


To ~ something into a certain place or state means to bring it into that place or state by moving it quickly up and down or from side to side.

Small insects can be collected by shaking them into a jar...

Shake off any excess flour before putting livers in the pan...

VERB: V n prep, V n with adv


If your voice is shaking, you cannot control it properly and it sounds very unsteady, for example because you are nervous or angry.

His voice shaking with rage, he asked how the committee could keep such a report from the public.

VERB: V with n, also V


If an event or a piece of news ~s you, or ~s your confidence, it makes you feel upset and unable to think calmly.

The news of Tandy’s escape had ~n them all...



Unhurt, but a bit ~n, she was trying not to cry.

ADJ: usu v-link ADJ


If an event ~s a group of people or their beliefs, it causes great uncertainty and makes them question their beliefs.

It won’t ~ the football world if we beat Torquay...



A ~ is the same as a milk~ .

He sent his driver to fetch him a strawberry ~.



If you say that someone or something is no great ~s, you mean that they are not very skilful or effective. (INFORMAL)

I’m no great ~s as a detective...

The protests have failed partly because the opposition politicians are no great ~s.

PHRASE: v-link PHR


If you ~ someone’s hand or ~ someone by the hand, you ~ hands with them.

I said congratulations and walked over to him and shook his hand...

PHRASE: V inflects


If you ~ hands with someone, you take their right hand in your own for a few moments, often moving it up and down slightly, when you are saying hello or goodbye to them, congratulating them, or agreeing on something. You can also say that two people ~ hands.

He nodded greetings to Mary Ann and Michael and shook hands with Burke...

PHRASE: V inflects, PHR with n, pl-n PHR


to ~ the foundations of something : see foundation

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