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English definition of “startle”

startle

verb [T]    /ˈstɑrt̬·əl/
to surprise a person or animal: She startled him when she said hello. startling    /ˈstɑrt̬·əl·ɪŋ/ adjective We’ve made some startling discoveries.
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