startles 1 of 2

present tense third-person singular of startle
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as in jumps
to move suddenly and sharply (as in surprise) the cat startled when the door slammed shut with a bang

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startles

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noun

plural of startle

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“Startles.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/startles. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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