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English definition of “suddenly”

suddenly

adverb     /ˈsʌd.ən.li/
B1 quickly and unexpectedly : "Do you remember much about the accident ?" "No, it all happened so suddenly." I was just dozing off to sleep when suddenly I heard a scream from outside . I suddenly realized what I'd said, but it was too late.Not expected or planned
(Definition of suddenly adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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