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verb stagger pronunciation in American English /ˈstæɡər/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlestaggering
past tensestaggered
past participlestaggered
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to walk in an uncontrolled way, as if you are going to fall over

    She staggered and fell.

    stagger backward/towards/into/out of:

    He gave her a slight push, and she staggered backward.

    She picked up her case and staggered to the door.

    She was coming back, staggering under the weight of a large suitcase.

    stagger to your feet:

    The man staggered to his feet and ran away.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to surprise and shock someone

    Rory was staggered by his answer.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to arrange objects so that they are not at the same height or are not in a straight line

    The seats are staggered so you can see reasonably well.



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