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

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startleverb [T]

uk   /ˈstɑː.tl̩/  us   /ˈstɑːr.t̬l̩/
to do something ​unexpected that ​surprises and sometimes ​worries a ​person or ​animal: She was ​concentrating on her ​book and his ​voice startled her. The ​noise of the ​car startled the ​birds and the ​wholeflockflew up into the ​air. Her ​article on ​diet startled many ​people intochangingtheireatinghabits.
startled
adjective uk   /-tl̩d/  us   /-t̬l̩d/
a startled ​expression
(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)
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