Synonyms of shake in English:

shake


See definition of shake

verb

1‘the whole building seemed to shake’

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vibrate, tremble, quiver, quake, shiver, shudder, judder, jiggle, wobble, rock, sway, swing, roll, oscillate
convulse

2‘I was shaking with fear’

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tremble, quiver, quake, shiver, shudder, shake like a leaf
rare quave

3‘she stood in the hall and shook her umbrella’

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jiggle, joggle, wave from side to side
agitate
informal waggle

4‘he shook his stick at the old man’

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brandish, wave, flourish, swing, wield
raise

5‘it was the crazed look in his eyes that really shook her’

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upset, distress, disturb, unsettle, perturb, disconcert, discompose, disquiet, unnerve, trouble, take aback, throw off balance, agitate, fluster
shock, alarm, frighten, scare, worry, dismay
informal rattle, get to, do someone's head in
North American informal mess with someone's head
ANTONYMS

soothe, reassure

6‘the escalation in costs is certain to shake the confidence of private investors’

SYNONYMS
weaken, undermine, damage, impair, harm, hurt, injure, have a bad effect on
reduce, diminish, decrease, lessen
ANTONYMS

strengthen


noun

1‘she removed his wet coat and gave it a shake’

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jiggle, joggle, jerk
informal waggle

2‘a shake of his thick forefinger’

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flourish, brandish, wave

3the shakes‘I had a bad case of the shakes’

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a fit of trembling, delirium tremens, tremors
the horrors
informal the DTs, the jitters, the willies, the heebie-jeebies, the jim-jams, the jumps, the yips
Australian rhyming slang Joe Blakes

4‘police switchboards were flooded with requests for information on the shake’

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earthquake, earth tremor, aftershock, convulsion
informal quake
North American informal tremblor

Phrases

    shake a leg


    SYNONYMS
    hurry up, get a move on, be quick, speed up
    informal get cracking, get moving, make it snappy, step on it, step on the gas, rattle one's dags
    British informal get one's skates on, stir one's stumps
    North American informal get a wiggle on
    South African informal put foot
    dated make haste
    shake someone off

    ‘Manville thought he had shaken off his pursuer’


    SYNONYMS
    get away from, escape, elude, give someone the slip, leave behind, throw off, throw off the scent, dodge, lose, get rid of, rid oneself of
    outdistance, outstrip
    British informal get shot of
    in two shakes

    ‘I'll be back in two shakes’


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    in a moment, in a second, in a flash, in a minute, shortly, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, soon, very soon, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in no time, in less than no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long
    North American momentarily
    informal in a jiffy, before you can say Jack Robinson, in the blink of an eye, in a blink, in the wink of an eye, in a wink, before you can say knife
    British informal in a tick, in two ticks, in a mo
    North American informal in a snap
    shake something up

    1‘he presented plans to shake up the legal profession’


    SYNONYMS
    reorganize, restructure, revolutionize, alter dramatically, make far-reaching changes in, transform, reform, overhaul, update
    reshuffle

    2‘I hired you because I thought you might shake the place up a bit’


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    put some life into, enliven, put some spark into, liven up, stir up, rouse, get going
    shake someone up

    ‘the accident really shook him up’


    SYNONYMS
    upset, shake, distress, disturb, unsettle, perturb, disconcert, discompose, disquiet, unnerve, trouble, take aback, throw off balance, agitate, fluster
    shock, alarm, frighten, scare, worry, dismay
    informal rattle, get to, do someone's head in
    North American informal mess with someone's head
    ANTONYMS

    soothe, reassure

    shake something off

    ‘he has shaken off his back trouble’


    SYNONYMS
    recover from, get over, get better after
    get rid of, free oneself from, lose
    British informal get shot of, see the back of
    North American informal shuck off
    no great shakes

    ‘it's no great shakes as a piece of cinema’


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    not very good, undistinguished, unmemorable, forgettable, unexceptional, uninspired, uninspiring, uninteresting, indifferent, unimpressive, lacklustre
    nothing to write home about, nothing to get excited about, nothing special, not up to much
    New Zealand half-pie
    ANTONYMS

    exceptional