Meaning of “suddenly” in the English Dictionary

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"suddenly" in British English

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suddenlyadverb

uk /ˈsʌd.ən.li/ us /ˈsʌd.ən.li/

B1 quickly and unexpectedly:

"Do you remember much about the accident?" "No, it all happened so suddenly."
I was just dozing off when suddenly I heard a scream from outside.
I suddenly realized what I'd said, but it was too late.

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  • The door suddenly flew open.
  • Rosie suddenly grasped my hand.
  • I was woken up suddenly by the sound of someone hammering on the front door.
  • He suddenly appeared in the doorway.
  • I suddenly became aware of him looking at me.

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

"suddenly" in American English

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suddenlyadverb

us /ˈsʌd·ən·li/

in a sudden way; very quickly or unexpectedly:

Suddenly, from somewhere behind us, a loud voice spoke out.
Carpenter suddenly felt dizzy.

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

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