Meaning of “shake” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /ʃeɪk/ past tense shook, past participle shaken
Extra Examples
Turn the jar upside down and shake it.You're meant to shake the bottle first.A severe earthquake shook the whole city.The sound is produced by shaking the tambourine.If you shake the tree, some of the fruit will fall down.
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)