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Synonyms of 'shake'

(verb) 
Definition
to move up and down or back and forth with short quick movements
Shake the rugs well and hang them out.
Synonyms
jiggle
He jiggled the doorknob noisily.
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agitate
Gently agitate the water with a paintbrush.
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wave
Flags were waving gently in the breeze.
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joggle
(verb) 
Definition
(of a voice) to tremble because of anger or nervousness
I stood there, crying and shaking with fear.
Synonyms
tremble
He began to tremble all over.
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shiver
He shivered in the cold.
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quake
Her shoulders quaked.
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shudder
She shuddered with cold.
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quiver
His bottom lip quivered and big tears rolled down his cheeks.
(verb) 
Definition
to be or make unsteady
The plane shook frighteningly as it hit the high, drenching waves.
Synonyms
rock
His death rocked the fashion business.
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sway
The people swayed back and forth with arms linked.
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wobble
The ladder wobbled on the uneven ground.
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waver
The shadows of the dancers wavered on the wall.
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totter
The balconies begin to tremble and totter in the smoke and fumes.
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oscillate
The needle indicating volume was oscillating wildly.
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judder
(verb) 
Definition
to wave vigorously and angrily
They shook clenched fists.
Synonyms
wave
The protesters were waving banners and shouting.
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wield
She appeared at the door, wielding a new walking stick.
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flourish
He flourished his glass to make the point.
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brandish
He appeared in the lounge brandishing a knife.
(verb) 
Definition
to shock, disturb, or upset
The news of his escape had shaken them all.
Synonyms
upset
She warned me not to say anything to upset him.
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shock
Relief workers were shocked by what they saw.
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frighten
Most children are frightened by the sight of blood.
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disturb
He had been disturbed by the news of the attack.
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distress
I did not want to frighten or distress her.
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rattle (informal)
She refused to be rattled by his lawyer.
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unnerve
The news about Dermot had unnerved me.
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traumatize
young children traumatized by their parents' deaths
(verb) 
Definition
to undermine or weaken
It won't shake the football world if we beat them.
Synonyms
undermine
This will undermine their chances of success.
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damage
The strong winds damaged the fence.
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disable
Tendon damage really disabled her.
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weaken
Her opponents believe that her authority has been fatally weakened.
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impair
The bright sunshine was impairing my vision.
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sap
I was afraid the sickness had sapped my strength.
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debilitate
Fear threatened to debilitate me.
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subvert
an alleged plot to subvert the state
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pull the rug out from under (informal)
(noun) 
Definition
a tremor or vibration
blurring of photos caused by camera shake
Synonyms
vibration
The vibration dislodged the pins from the plane's rudder.
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quaking
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shock
Steel barriers can bend and absorb the shock.
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shiver
Alice gave a shiver of delight.
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shudder
She recoiled with a shudder.
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jolt
One tiny jolt could worsen her injuries.
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tremor
He felt a tremor in his arm.
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agitation
Temperature is a measure of agitation of molecules.
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convulsion
It was a decade that saw many great social, economic and political convulsions.
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pulsation
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jounce
(noun) 
Definition
a very short period of time
(informal) 
Synonyms
moment
In a moment he was gone.
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second
For a few seconds nobody said anything.
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instant
The pain disappeared in an instant.
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tick (British, informal)
I'll be back in a tick.
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jiffy (informal)
I'll have this truck fixed in a jiffy.
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trice
She was back in a trice.

Phrasal verbs

See shake someone off

Additional synonyms

in the sense of agitate
Definition
to shake or stir (a liquid)
Gently agitate the water with a paintbrush.
in the sense of agitation
Temperature is a measure of agitation of molecules.
Synonyms
rocking,
shaking,
tossing,
churning,
in the sense of brandish
Definition
to wave (a weapon, etc.) in a triumphant or threatening way
He appeared in the lounge brandishing a knife.

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