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verb     bolt pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebolting
past tensebolted
past participlebolted
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to run in a sudden way, especially because you are frightened

    There was a gunshot and the horse bolted.

    bolt out of/toward/for:

    She suddenly bolted toward the door.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to escape from a place

      When the guard came back, he found that the prisoner had bolted.

    See also door
  2. 2
    [transitive] to lock a door or window using a bolt

    Did you remember to bolt the back door?

  3. 3



    bolt down

    [transitive] to eat food very quickly

    She bolted down her lunch and rushed back to work.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to fasten two things together using a bolt
    bolt something to something:

    The chairs were all bolted to the floor.

    bolt something together:

    The hut was made from metal units that had been bolted together.

    bolt something down (=attach something to the floor):

    The benches had been securely bolted down.



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