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startled

adjective

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startled

verb
past tense of startle

Synonyms & Antonyms of startled (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to make a strong impression on (someone) with something unexpected
  • the lightning startled the children and sent them scurrying for cover

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2 to move suddenly and sharply (as in surprise)
  • the cat startled when the door slammed shut with a bang

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“Startled.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/startled. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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