Meaning of “startle” in the English Dictionary

"startle" in British English

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startleverb [ T ]

uk /ˈstɑː.təl/ us /ˈstɑːr.t̬əl/

(Definition of “startle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"startle" in American English

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startleverb [ T ]

us /ˈstɑrt̬·əl/

to surprise a person or animal:

She startled him when she said hello.
startling
adjective us /ˈstɑrt̬·əl·ɪŋ/

We’ve made some startling discoveries.

(Definition of “startle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)