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"shudder" in British English

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shudderverb [I]

uk   /ˈʃʌd.ər/  us   //
C2 to ​shakesuddenly with very ​smallmovements because of a very ​unpleasantthought or ​feeling: The ​sight of so much ​blood made him shudder. She shuddered at the ​thought ofkissing him. When something shudders, it ​shakesviolently and ​quickly: I ​heard a ​massiveexplosion and the ​ground shuddered beneath me. There was a ​screech of ​brakes and the ​bus shuddered to a ​halt (= ​shookviolently and ​stopped).

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shuddernoun [C]

uk   /ˈʃʌd.ər/  us   //
the ​act of shuddering: He gave aslight shudder as he ​considered how ​close he had come to ​death. She ​recalled with a shudder how her ​boss had ​oncetried to ​kiss her.figurative America's second ​biggestsupermarketchain has sent a shudder through (= has had a ​strongeffect on)itsrivals by ​slashingitsprices.
(Definition of shudder from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shudder" in American English

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shudderverb [I]

 us   /ˈʃʌd·ər/
to ​shakesuddenly and ​briefly, esp. because of an ​unpleasantthought or ​feeling: I shuddered, ​remembering the ​frighteningstories I had ​heard.

shuddernoun [C]

 us   /ˈʃʌd·ər/
a ​sudden and ​briefshakingmovement of the ​body, esp. because of an ​unpleasantemotion: When the ​carflipped over, a shudder went through the ​crowdwatching the ​race. Just ​thinking about that ​filmsends shudders down my ​spine.
(Definition of shudder from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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