Definition of sudden
1a : happening or coming unexpectedly a sudden showerb : changing angle or character all at once a sudden drop in the ocean bottom
2 : marked by or manifesting abruptness or haste a sudden departure
3 : made or brought about in a short time : prompt
suddennessplay \ˈsə-dən-(n)əs\ noun
Examples of sudden in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of sudden from the Web
All of a sudden, her older sister, Venus, is once again a title contender at age 37.
The same dilemma is part of the reason Congress retreated from its last major effort to fix things five years ago, when a sudden rise in rates caused an outcry in some communities.
Additionally, a search through the #alfredangelo tag on Twitter brings up some brides who are willing to donate their own dresses for those left in the cold because of the sudden store closures.
Jarrar was named successor to Alber Elbaz in March 2016, following his sudden exit from the brand, which sparked protests among Lanvin employees.
Somehow, all of a sudden, Chad is being credited with your idea.
Later that day McFarland did his best to contain the damage, placing much of the blame on the sudden rainstorm and promising to resurrect the festival next year.
The Louisville native has seen a sudden rise in the last few years.
The prohibition was ignored to ill effect on Aug. 11, 2003, when two workers at PF-4 inhaled plutonium after a sudden reaction between that material, organic cheesecloth, and acid.
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Synonym Discussion of sudden
Definition of sudden
: an unexpected occurrence : emergency
all of a suddenor less commonly
on a sudden
: sooner than was expected : at once
First Known Use of sudden
SUDDEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sudden for English Language Learners
: happening, coming, or done very quickly in a way that is usually not expected
SUDDEN Defined for Kids
Definition of sudden for Students
1 : happening or coming quickly and unexpectedly … she was startled by a sudden outburst of noise. — Robert C. O'Brien, Rats of NIMH
2 : met with unexpectedly We came to a sudden turn in the road.
3 : hasty 2 He made a sudden decision.
all of a sudden
: sooner than was expected : suddenly All of a sudden I saw him.
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