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English definition of “shake”

shake

verb [T] (UPSET)    /ʃeɪk/ (shook, shaken)
to cause to feel upset and worried : The child seemed nervous and visibly shaken. The news has shaken the whole country .Making people sad, shocked and upset
(Definition of shake verb (UPSET) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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