good, vigorous

Give the tablecloth a good shake before putting it away.

gentle, little, slight, small

He gave himself a mental shake and got down to work.

give sb/sth
with a shake
shake of
a shake of your/the head
1 tremble
badly, furiously, terribly, uncontrollably, violently

Her hands were shaking so badly that she couldn't hold her glass.

a little, slightly, etc.
almost, practically

He was almost shaking with the intensity of what he was saying.

Roxy was practically shaking with anger.

literally, physically

I was numb with dread. I was literally shaking.


My hands started shaking nervously.


My body was shaking from the cold.


She was shaking with anger/fury/rage.

to shake with fear/laughter/sobs

be shaking all over, be shaking from head to toe

He was crying and shaking all over.

be shaking in your boots (= be frightened), be shaking like a leaf
find yourself shaking

I found myself shaking uncontrollably with cold.

start shaking

I started shaking with fear.

stop shaking

I just couldn't stop shaking.

2 move sb/sth from side to side, etc.
hard, roughly, vigorously, violently

He shook the blankets vigorously to get rid of the dust.

She must have shaken the baby very violently to inflict such severe injuries.

gently, lightly, slightly

Shake well before use.

(instructions on a bottle of medicine, etc.)

He shook her gently by the shoulders.

3 your head
decisively, emphatically, firmly
fiercely, furiously, vehemently, vigorously, violently, wildly
a little, gently, lightly, slightly
dismissively, impatiently
despairingly, desperately, helplessly, miserably, mournfully, regretfully, ruefully, sadly, sorrowfully
disbelievingly, doubtfully
just, merely, only, simply

He merely shook his head.

from side to side

He shook his head at her disbelievingly.


She shook her head in disbelief.

4 sb's hand
firmly, vigorously
shake sb by the hand

Our host shook each of us warmly by the hand.

Shake is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑arm, ↑body, ↑door, ↑earth, ↑earthquake, ↑explosion, ↑hand, ↑knee, ↑leg, ↑shoulder, ↑sob, ↑thunder, ↑tremor, ↑voice
Shake is used with these nouns as the object: ↑belief, ↑confidence, ↑conviction, ↑curl, ↑dice, ↑dirt, ↑dust, ↑faith, ↑feeling, ↑fist, ↑foundation, ↑ground, ↑hand, ↑head, ↑hip, ↑mane, ↑world

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