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verb [transitive]     startle pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participlestartling
past tensestartled
past participlestartled
  1. to make a person or animal feel suddenly frightened or surprised by doing something that they do not expect

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to startle you.

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a person who has or claims to have a lot of influence

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