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catapult

noun [C] uk   /ˈkæt.ə.pʌlt/ us    /ˈkæt̬-/
a device that can throw objects at a high speed: In the past, armies used catapults to hurl heavy stones at enemy fortifications. On that type of aircraft carrier, a catapult was used to help launch aircraft. UK (US slingshot) a Y-shaped stick or piece of metal with a piece of elastic (= material that stretches) attached to the top parts, used especially by children for shooting small stones

catapult

verb [T usually + adv/prep] uk   /ˈkæt.ə.pʌlt/ us    /ˈkæt̬-/
to throw someone or something with great force: When the two vehicles collided, he was catapulted forwards. be catapulted into sth to suddenly experience a particular state, such as being famous: The award for best actress meant that almost overnight she was catapulted into the limelight.
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