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British English: /ʃeɪk/
American English: /ʃeɪk/

Translation of shake in Arabic:

transitive verb/فعل متعد past tense/زمن الماضي shook past participle/اسم المفعول shaken

  • 1
    هَزَّ (a duster, branch)
    رَجَّ (a bottle)
    shake the pepper over the food
    هُزَّ الفُلْفُلَ فوق الطَعامِ
    ‘shake before use’
    ’يُرَجُّ قبل الاسْتِخْدامِ‘
  • 2
    (with people)
    هَزَّ (a person)
    I shook him to wake him up
    هَزَزْتُهُ لِأوقِظَهُ
    to shake hands with somebody, to shake somebody's hand to shake hands on the deal
    أَعْطى مُوافَقَتَهُ على الاتِّفاقِ
    to shake one's fist
    رَفَعَ قَبْضَتَهُ في تَحَدٍّ
    to shake one's head
    هَزَّ رَأْسَهُ بالرَفْضِ
  • 3
    (earthquakes, explosions)
    هَزَّ (a building, town)
  • 4
    (to shock)
    هَزَّ (the nation, a person)
    the earthquake shook my faith
    هَزَّ الزِلْزالُ إيماني
  • 5 (American English/الإنكليزية الأمريكية) (to get rid of) shake off

intransitive verb/فعل غير متعد past tense/زمن الماضي shook past participle/اسم المفعول shaken

  • 1
    (to tremble) (a person, somebody's hand)
    (a building)
    she was shaking with fear/cold
    كانَتْ تَرْتَجِفُ من الخَوْفِ \ البَرْدِ
    the ground shook violently
    كانَت الأَرْضُ تَهْتَزُّ بِعُنْفٍ
  • 2
    (to shake hands)
    they shook on it
    أَعْطوا مُوافَقَتَهُمْ عَلَيْهِ

reflexive verb/فعل انعكاسي

  • past tense/زمن الماضي shook
    past participle/اسم المفعول shaken
    to shake oneself
    هَزَّ نَفْسَهُ


  • 1to give something a shake
    نَفَّضَ شَيْئاً (cloth, duster)
    رَجَّ شَيْئاً (a bottle, medicine)
    with a shake of one's head
    وَهُوَ يَهُزُّ رَأْسَهُ بالنَفْيِ
  • 2
    also: milkshake
    حَليب مَخْفوق


to be no great shakes

[informal/غير رسمي]
كانَ مُتَواضِعَ المُسْتَوى

Phrasal verbs

shake about

= → shake around

shake around

(planes, cars)
shake [somebody/something] around
هَزَّ [شَخْصاً \ شَيْئاً] بِعُنْفٍ (a passenger, package, laptop)

shake off

shake [somebody/something] off, shake off [somebody/something] 1 2 (to get rid of)
شُفِيَ \ تَعافى من [شَيْءٍ] (a cough, cold)
[informal/غير رسمي] (to escape from)
هَرَبَ من [شَخْصٍ \ شَيْءٍ] (a pursuer)

shake out

shake [something] out, shake out [something] 1
نَفَّضَ [شَيْئاً] (the tablecloth, rug)
رَشَّ [شَيْئاً] (some flour, the seeds)
shake [somebody] out of something
(a depressive)
ساعَدَ [شَخْصاً] على التَخَلُّصِ من شَيْءٍ

shake up

shake up [something], shake [something] up
رَجَّ [شَيْئاً] (a bottle, mixture)
shake [somebody/something] up, shake up [somebody/something] 1
(to jolt)
هَزَّ [شَخْصاً \ شَيْئاً] بِقوّةٍ (a passenger, package)
(to reorganize)
أَعادَ تَنْظيمَ [شَيْءٍ] (a company, department)
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