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Verb
Cause to feel sudden shock or alarm
“As always I approached silently, hoping to startle them with a sudden intrusion.”
Verb
To excite by sudden alarm, surprise, or apprehension
“… the lightning startled the children and sent them scurrying for cover.”
Verb
To move suddenly, or be excited, on feeling alarm
“… the cat startled when the door slammed shut with a bang.”
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