Meaning of “shake” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb uk us /ʃeɪk/ (past tense shook, past participle shaken)
MOVE [ I, T ]

B1 to make quick, short movements from side to side or up and down, or to make something or someone do this:

He was shaking with nerves.
We heard a loud bang, and then the house began to shake.
Shake the bottle.
shake hands

B1 to hold someone's hand and move it up and down when you meet them for the first time, or when you make an agreement with them:

The two leaders smiled and shook hands for the photographers.
I shook hands with him.
shake your head

B2 to move your head from side to side to mean 'no'


to shock or upset someone:

[ often passive ] No one was injured in the crash, but the driver was badly shaken.

If your voice shakes, you sound very nervous or frightened.

(Definition of “shake verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)