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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.
  4. 5
    [intransitive] to continue doing something despite great difficulty
    He staggers on as president, despite his increasing frailty.
    The museum is staggering under debts of nearly $5 million.

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