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verb [intransitive]     stumble pronunciation in American English
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past participlestumbled
  1. 1
    to fall or almost fall while you are walking or running

    Cheryl’s horse stumbled, throwing her to the ground.

    stumble over/on etc.:

    On his morning run, Derek stumbled over a fallen tree.

    stumble through/across etc.:

    She stumbled across the hall and felt for the light switch.

    1. a.
      to move with difficulty and nearly fall because you are tired or sick
      stumble along/across/into etc.:

      Hundreds of refugees stumbled wearily along the road.

  2. 2
    to make a mistake when you are speaking

    Children often stumble when reading aloud.

    stumble over/on:

    He was embarrassed, stumbling over the words.

    1. a.
      to make a mistake when you are trying to achieve something

      There are plenty of young rivals to take his place if he stumbles.

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     stumble pronunciation in American English
noun [countable]
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