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catapult

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noun cat·a·pult \ ˈka-tə-ˌpəlt , -ˌpu̇lt \

Definition of catapult

1 :an ancient military device for hurling missiles
2 :a device for launching an airplane at flying speed (as from an aircraft carrier)

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Origin and Etymology of catapult

Medieval French or Latin; Medieval French catapulte, from Latin catapulta, from Greek katapaltēs, from kata- + pallein to hurl


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catapult

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Definition of catapult

transitive verb
:to throw or launch by or as if by a catapult
intransitive verb
:to become catapulted
  • he catapulted to fame

Examples of catapult in a Sentence

  1. They catapulted rocks toward the castle.

  2. The publicity catapulted her CD to the top of the charts.

  3. The novel catapulted him from unknown to best-selling author.

  4. He catapulted to fame after his first book was published.

  5. Her career was catapulting ahead.

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First Known Use of catapult

1848

catapult Synonyms


CATAPULT Defined for English Language Learners

catapult

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Definition of catapult for English Language Learners

  • : an ancient weapon used for throwing large rocks

  • : a device for launching an airplane from the deck of an aircraft carrier


catapult

verb

Definition of catapult for English Language Learners

  • : to throw (something) with a catapult

  • : to cause (someone or something) to quickly move up or ahead or to a better position

  • : to quickly move up or ahead : to quickly advance to a better position


CATAPULT Defined for Kids

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catapult

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noun cat·a·pult \ ˈka-tə-ˌpəlt \

Definition of catapult for Students

1 :an ancient military machine for hurling stones and arrows
2 :a device for launching an airplane from the deck of a ship

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catapult

verb

Definition of catapult for Students

catapulted; catapulting
1 :to throw by or as if by a catapult
  • She catapulted herself out of the door.
  • —Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy
2 :to quickly advance
  • The movie role catapulted her to fame.


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