- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to move or to make someone or something move suddenly and roughly synonym jerk (+ adv./prep.) The truck jolted and rattled over the rough ground. The bus jolted to a halt. (figurative) Her heart jolted when she saw him. jolt somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) He was jolted forward as the bus pulled out.
- 2[transitive] to give someone a sudden shock, especially so that they start to take action or deal with a situation jolt somebody/something (into something) His remark jolted her into action. The sound jolted my memory, and I suddenly remembered what had happened. jolt somebody/something (out of something) a method of jolting the economy out of recession jolt somebody/something + adj. I was suddenly jolted awake.
NAmE//dʒoʊlt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they jolt
he / she / it jolts
past simple jolted
-ing form jolting