shock - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] the feeling of being very surprised by something bad that happens unexpectedly

    Jessica’s face was blank with shock.

    News of the murder left us all in shock.

    give someone a shock:

    It will give him a shock when he sees how much you’ve spent.

    get a shock:

    My mother got a shock when she saw my new haircut.

  2. 2
    [countable] [usually singular] something that happens unexpectedly and makes you feel very surprised and upset

    The price of housing was quite a shock for us.

    come as a shock:

    The announcement came as a complete shock to me.

    a great/terrible shock:

    It was a terrible shock to discover he was already married.

    1. a.
      [only before noun] British mainly journalism making someone surprised or upset
      shock defeat/win:

      The tournament started yesterday with two shock defeats.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] a medical condition in which you suddenly become very weak and cold and do not react normally, especially after a serious accident or injury

    people suffering from shock

    in shock:

    Natalie was used to working with patients in shock.

  4. 4
    [countable] a sudden flow of electricity that goes through your body that sometimes happens when you touch certain objects

    You could get an electric shock if you touch it.

  5. 5
    [singular] hair that is very thick

    The man had a shock of white hair.