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English definition of “jolt”

jolt

verb [T]    /dʒoʊlt/
to cause something or someone to move suddenly and violently, or to surprise someone in an unpleasant way: I was jolted out of bed by the earthquake. He was jolted by the sight of bodies lying in the lobby.
(Definition of jolt verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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