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shudderverb [I]

uk   /ˈʃʌd.ər/ us   /ˈʃʌd.ɚ/
C2 to shake suddenly with very small movements because of a very unpleasant thought or feeling: The sight of so much blood made him shudder. She shuddered at the thought of kissing him.
When something shudders, it shakes violently and quickly: I heard a massive explosion and the ground shuddered beneath me. There was a screech of brakes and the bus shuddered to a halt (= shook violently and stopped).

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shuddernoun [C]

uk   /ˈʃʌd.ər/ us   /ˈʃʌd.ɚ/
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shudderverb [I]

us   /ˈʃʌd·ər/
to shake suddenly and briefly, esp. because of an unpleasant thought or feeling: I shuddered, remembering the frightening stories I had heard.

shuddernoun [C]

us   /ˈʃʌd·ər/
a sudden and brief shaking movement of the body, esp. because of an unpleasant emotion: When the car flipped over, a shudder went through the crowd watching the race. Just thinking about that film sends shudders down my spine.
(Definition of shudder from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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