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"sudden" in British English

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suddenadjective

uk   us   /ˈsʌd.ən/
B2 happening or done ​quickly and without ​warning: Drop the ​gun, put ​yourhands in the ​air, and don't make any sudden ​movements. He had a sudden ​heartattack while he was on ​holiday. First they ​announcetheirengagement and then they ​tell me Angie's ​pregnant - it's all a ​bit sudden.

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suddenness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
It was the suddenness of his ​illness that came as such a ​shock.
(Definition of sudden from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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suddenadjective

 us   /ˈsʌd·ən/
happening or done ​quickly or unexpectedly: The ​cyclistlowered his ​head and put on a sudden ​burst of ​speed.
(Definition of sudden from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “sudden”
in Korean 갑작스런…
in Arabic مُفاجىء…
in Malaysian tiba-tiba…
in French soudain…
in Russian внезапный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 突然的,忽然的, 意外的…
in Italian improvviso…
in Turkish ani, beklenmedik, apansız…
in Polish nagły, gwałtowny…
in Spanish súbito, repentino…
in Vietnamese thình lình…
in Portuguese repentino, súbito…
in Thai ทันทีทันใด…
in German plötzlich…
in Catalan sobtat, inesperat…
in Japanese 突然の, 急な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 突然的,忽然的, 意外的…
in Indonesian mendadak…
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