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English definition of “strike”

strike

verb [T] (CAUSE AN IDEA)   /strɑɪk/ (past tense and past participle struck  /strʌk/)
to cause someone to have a feeling or idea about something: From what you’ve said, it strikes me that you would be better off working for someone else. I was struck by her sincerity. To strike also means to suddenly cause someone to think of something: I was immediately struck by the similarities in their appearance.
(Definition of strike verb (CAUSE AN IDEA) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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