jolt Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"jolt" in British English

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joltverb

uk   /dʒəʊlt/  us   /dʒoʊlt/

jolt verb (MOVE SUDDENLY)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to (​cause something or someone to) ​movesuddenly and ​violently: The ​trainstoppedunexpectedly and we were jolted ​forwards. The ​truck jolted along the ​roughtrack through the ​field.

jolt verb (SHOCK)

[T] to ​shock someone in ​order to ​changetheirbehaviour or way of ​thinking: The ​charity used ​photos of ​starvingchildren in an ​attempt to jolt the ​publicconscience (= make ​peoplefeelguilty and take ​action).jolt sb into/out of sth to give someone a ​suddenshock that ​forces them to ​act: The ​news about Sam's ​illness jolted her into action.

joltnoun [C]

uk   /dʒəʊlt/  us   /dʒoʊlt/

jolt noun [C] (MOVEMENT)

a ​suddenviolentmovement: As the ​planetouched the ​ground, there was a ​massive jolt and we were ​thrownforwards. I ​woke up with a jolt as I ​thought I ​heard my ​bedroomdoor being ​pushedopen.

jolt noun [C] (SHOCK)

an ​unpleasantshock or ​surprise: His ​self-confidence took a ​sudden jolt with the ​news that he had not been ​selected.
(Definition of jolt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"jolt" in American English

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joltverb [T]

 us   /dʒoʊlt/
to ​cause something or someone to move ​suddenly and ​violently, or to ​surprise someone in an ​unpleasant way: I was jolted out of ​bed by the ​earthquake. He was jolted by the ​sight of ​bodieslying in the ​lobby.

joltnoun [C]

 us   /dʒoʊlt/
a ​sudden, ​violentmovement or ​force, or a ​large and ​unpleasantsurprise: jolts of ​electricity She ​bumped into him, and the jolt ​sent his ​books to the ​ground. Jack ​realized with a jolt of ​fear that he was ​helpless.
(Definition of jolt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"jolt" in Business English

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joltnoun [C]

uk   us   /dʒəʊlt/
an unexpected ​event that makes ​prices, ​levels of ​activity, etc. ​change suddenly: a jolt to sth Following the jolt to ​markets caused by fears about ​higherinflation, ​traders remain ​cautious. get/receive/suffer a jolt

joltverb [T]

uk   us   /dʒəʊlt/
to make ​prices, ​levels of ​activity, etc. ​change suddenly: Rising ​oilprices and the continued ​slump in the ​housingmarketcombined to jolt ​consumerconfidence.be jolted by sth Global ​markets have been jolted by the half ​pointrise in US ​interestrates.
(Definition of jolt from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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