What does shakedown mean?

Definitions for shakedown

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word shakedown.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shakedownnoun

    initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory state

    "the new industry's economic shakedown"

  2. shakedownnoun

    a very thorough search of a person or a place

    "a shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs"

  3. shakedownadjective

    extortion of money (as by blackmail)

  4. shakedownadjective

    intended to test a new system under operating conditions and to familiarize the operators with the system

    "a shakedown cruise"


  1. shakedownnoun

    Extortion, especially through blackmail

    What is this, a shakedown?

  2. shakedownnoun

    A thorough search; a frisk

  3. shakedownnoun

    A trial or test period, especially of a ship or aircraft

  4. shakedownnoun

    An improvised bed.

  5. shakedownadjective

    that tests the performance of a ship or aircraft

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shakedownnoun

    a temporary substitute for a bed, as one made on the floor or on chairs; -- perhaps originally from the shaking down of straw for this purpose

Suggested Resources

  1. shakedown

    Song lyrics by shakedown -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by shakedown on the Lyrics.com website.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce shakedown?

How to say shakedown in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shakedown in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shakedown in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of shakedown in a Sentence

  1. National Champions:

    This is a shakedown.

  2. Adam Schiff:

    This is how a mafia boss talks, what have you done for us? Weve done so much for you. But theres not much reciprocity. I have a favor I want to ask you. And what is that favor? Of course, the favor is to investigate his political rival. A classic mafia-like shakedown a foreign leader.

  3. Vipin Narang:

    Nothing says I love you like a shakedown.

  4. Shifty Schiff:

    It's clear it's mocking the President and just as clearly the President doesn't like being mocked, but it was a mafia kind of... organized crime shakedown, if the President wasn't attacking me about this, he'd be attacking about something else.

  5. Geoffrey Berman:

    By engaging in the conduct alleged in the complaint, Avenatti was not acting as an attorney, a suit and tie doesn't mask the fact that at its core, this was an old-fashioned shakedown.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for shakedown

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Razzia, Testbetrieb, probe-, Durchsuchung, Liege, Klappbett, Erpressung, Probebetrieb, Versuchsbetrieb, Gästebett, test-German

Get even more translations for shakedown »


Find a translation for the shakedown definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"shakedown." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 6 Jun 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/shakedown>.

Discuss these shakedown definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for shakedown? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
    • A. abet
    • B. flub
    • C. excogitate
    • D. suffuse

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for shakedown: