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"catapult" in British English

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catapultnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkæt.ə.pʌlt/  us   /ˈkæt̬-/
a ​device that can ​throwobjects at a high ​speed: In the past, ​armies used catapults to ​hurlheavystones at ​enemyfortifications. On that ​type of ​aircraftcarrier, a catapult was used to ​helplaunchaircraft. UK (US slingshot) a Y-shaped ​stick or ​piece of ​metal with a ​piece of elastic (= ​material that ​stretches)attached to the ​topparts, used ​especially by ​children for ​shootingsmallstones

catapultverb [T usually + adv/prep]

uk   /ˈkæt.ə.pʌlt/  us   /ˈkæt̬-/
to ​throw someone or something with ​greatforce: When the two ​vehiclescollided, he was catapulted forwards.be catapulted into sth to ​suddenlyexperience a ​particularstate, such as being ​famous: The ​award for ​bestactressmeant that ​almostovernight she was catapulted into the limelight.
(Definition of catapult from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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catapultverb [T always + adv/prep]

 us   /ˈkæt̬·əˌpʌlt, -ˌpʊlt/
to ​becomefamous or ​important very ​suddenly, in the ​processmoving beyond ​others who had been more ​famous or ​important: The ​album of ​hitsongs catapulted her ​almostovernight into ​nationalstardom. Something or someone that is catapulted is ​thrownforward with ​greatforce or ​speed.
(Definition of catapult from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “catapult”
in Spanish tirachinas…
in Vietnamese súng cao su…
in Malaysian lastik…
in Thai หนังสติ๊ก…
in French lance-pierre(s)…
in German die Schleuder…
in Chinese (Simplified) 投射器, 石弩, 弹射器…
in Indonesian ketapel…
in Chinese (Traditional) 投射器, 石弩, 彈射器…
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