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sudden

adjective
 
 
/ˈsʌdən/
B2 done or happening quickly and unexpectedly: a sudden change/increase His sudden death was a great shock to us all.Not expected or planned
all of a sudden B2 unexpectedly: All of a sudden she got up and walked out.Not expected or planned
suddenness noun [U]
Translations of “sudden”
in Korean 갑작스런…
in Arabic مُفاجىء…
in French soudain…
in Turkish ani, beklenmedik, apansız…
in Italian improvviso…
in Chinese (Traditional) 突然的,忽然的, 意外的…
in Russian внезапный…
in Polish nagły, gwałtowny…
in Spanish súbito, repentino…
in Portuguese repentino, súbito…
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…
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