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catapultnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkæt.ə.pʌlt/  us   /ˈkæt̬.ə.pʌlt/

catapultverb [T usually + adv/prep]

uk   /ˈkæt.ə.pʌlt/  us   /ˈkæt̬.ə.pʌlt/
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.
(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 become famous or important very suddenly, in the process moving beyond others who had been more famous or important: The album of hit songs catapulted her almost overnight into national stardom.
Something or someone that is catapulted is thrown forward with great force 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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