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startles

noun
plural of startle

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(Entry 1 of 2)

as in surprises, astonishments

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startles

verb
present tense third-person singular of startle

Synonyms & Antonyms of startles (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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24 Feb 2020

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“Startles.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/startles. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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