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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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