Definition of sudden
- a sudden shower
- a sudden drop in the ocean bottom
- a sudden departure
a sudden change in temperature
Sudden fame can be difficult to deal with.
She had a sudden urge to be outside.
His death was very sudden.
a sudden turn in the road
I was surprised by her sudden decision to quit.
The director's sudden departure leaves the organization's future uncertain.
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: happening, coming, or done very quickly in a way that is usually not expected
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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