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verb stagger pronunciation in British English /ˈstæɡə(r)/
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 backwards/towards/into/out of: He gave her a slight push, and she staggered backwards.
    Ruth staggered out of her bedroom to pick up the phone.
    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
    [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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