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verb bolt pronunciation in American English /boʊlt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebolting
past tensebolted
past participlebolted
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  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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