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Meaning of “shock” - Learner’s Dictionary

shock

noun     /ʃɒk/
SURPRISE [C, U]
B1 a big, unpleasant surprise: We got a nasty shock when he gave us the bill. Her death came as a terrible shock to him. They are still in shock (= feeling the effect of a shock) from the accident.Surprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upset
ILLNESS [U]
a medical condition when someone is extremely weak because of damage to their body: He went into shock and nearly died.Disorders and diseases of the heart and blood
ELECTRICITY [C] ( also electric shock)
a sudden, painful feeling that you get when electricity flows through your bodyElectricity and electronics
MOVEMENT [C]
a sudden movement caused by an explosion, accident, etc →  See also culture shock Energy, force and powerPower and intensity
(Definition of shock noun from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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