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stumbleverb [I]

 us   /ˈstʌm·bəl/
  • stumble verb [I] (FALL)

to hit your foot against something while walking and almost fall, or to walk awkwardly as if you might fall: She stumbled over a toy. He stumbled around in the dark.
  • stumble verb [I] (MAKE A MISTAKE)

to make a mistake, or to pause unexpectedly when speaking: He stumbled through several early career choices. Several times the reader stumbled over lines in the poem.
(Definition of stumble from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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stumbleverb

uk   /ˈstʌm.bəl/  us   /ˈstʌm.bəl/
  • stumble verb (WALK)

C2 [I] to step awkwardly while walking or running and fall or begin to fall: Running along the beach, she stumbled on a log and fell on the sand. In the final straight Meyers stumbled, and although he didn't fall it was enough to lose him first place.
[I usually + adv/prep] to walk in a way that does not seem controlled: We could hear her stumbling about/around the bedroom in the dark. He pulled on his clothes and stumbled into the kitchen.
(Definition of stumble from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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