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English noun: startle

1. startle (act) a sudden involuntary movement

SamplesHe awoke with a start.

Synonymsjump, start

Broader (hypernym)inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, unconditioned reflex

Narrower (hyponym)flinch, Moro reflex, startle reaction, startle reflex, startle response, wince

English verb: startle

1. startle (emotion) to stimulate to action

Samples..startled him awake.
Galvanized into action.

ExamplesThe bad news will startle him, The good news will startle her

Synonymsgalvanise, galvanize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something

Broader (hypernym)ball over, blow out of the water, floor, shock, take aback

2. startle (motion) move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm

SamplesShe startled when I walked into the room.

Synonymsjump, start

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)boggle, jackrabbit, rear back, shy

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