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English definition of “stumble”

stumble

verb [I]     /ˈstʌmbl/
FALL to step badly and almost fall over: Mary stumbled on the loose rocks.Falling and droppingMoving downwardsMoving unsteadily or with difficulty
PAUSE to make a mistake, such as pausing or repeating a word, while speaking or performing: He kept stumbling over the same word.Ways of speakingFaults and mistakes
(Definition of stumble verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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