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English definition of “stagger”

stagger

verb [T] (SHOCK)    /ˈstæɡ.ər/ US  //
to cause someone to feel shocked or surprised because of something unexpected or very unusual happening: He staggered all his colleagues by suddenly announcing that he was leaving the company at the end of the month.Making people sad, shocked and upsetSurprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upset
(Definition of stagger verb (SHOCK) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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