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English definition of “strike”

strike

verb [I or T] (CAUSE SUFFERING)    /straɪk/ (struck, struck)
C2 to cause a person or place to suffer severely from the effects of something very unpleasant that happens suddenly: I've got a life insurance policy that will take care of my family if disaster strikes. The disease has struck the whole community, sometimes wiping out whole families. They predict that a large earthquake will strike the east coast before the end of the decade.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
(Definition of strike verb (CAUSE SUFFERING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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