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  1. Part of me is surrounded by water.

  2. Part of me, when away, is missed a lot.

  3. Part of me is used in a western European language as a first name.

  4. Part of me can make you move and tremble.

What am I?

Hint 1:

I am a nine-letter word.

Hint 2:

I am a rarity since COVID-19.

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To revisit this one almost two years later, I think the answer should be:

HANDSHAKE

1. Part of me is surrounded by water.

A HAKE is a fish, which in its natural habitat (i.e. the ocean) is always surrounded by water.

2. Part of me, when away, is missed a lot.

When somebody has a very "HANDS-off" (hands-away) approach to something, they tend not to be too present or involved, and thus might be 'missed a lot'.

3. Part of me is used in a western European language as a first name.

HAN is a common name in Dutch, being the short form of Johannes or Hendrik.

4. Part of me can make you move and tremble.

If you SHAKE somebody, you make them move and tremble!

Altogether (with overlap), we have:

HAN + HANDS + SHAKE + HAKE, giving us HANDSHAKE - an action performed by catching another person by the hand (hence the title too).

And re the hints:

'Handshake' is indeed a 9-letter word and an action now often actively avoided in the age of COVID-19 (to avoid potential disease transmission).

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You are:

Leonardo DiCaprio

  1. Part of me is surrounded by water.

CAPRI is an island

  1. Part of me, when away, is missed a lot.

Lady DI is missed a lot since her death in 1997

  1. Part of me is used in a western European language as a first name.

LEONARDO of course

  1. Part of me can make you move and tremble.

The RIO carnival

Can you catch me?

I wish I could

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    $\begingroup$ +1 I think this is it. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 28, 2020 at 13:12
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    $\begingroup$ Nice answer, it fits all the clues! But this puzzle is in need of improvement if this is right. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 28, 2020 at 13:28
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    $\begingroup$ Υou are funny, but this is not the right answer. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 28, 2020 at 18:09
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My answer:

Earthquake

  1. Part of me is surrounded by water.

Earth is surrounded by water

  1. Part of me, when away, is missed a lot.

This could be art, or qu - the abbreviation for queen.

  1. Part of me is used in a western European language as a first name.

Åke is a masculine Swedish given name Sweden is mostly considered a Western European country due to its prominent affluence and its lack of similarity with Eastern European countries.

  1. Part of me can make you move and tremble.

That's what an earthquake does.

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice try, but not the correct answer. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 27, 2020 at 23:25

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