Definition of catapult verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

catapult

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkætəpʌlt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəpʌlt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they catapult
BrE BrE//ˈkætəpʌlt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəpʌlt//
 
he / she / it catapults
BrE BrE//ˈkætəpʌlts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəpʌlts//
 
past simple catapulted
BrE BrE//ˈkætəpʌltɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəpʌltɪd//
 
past participle catapulted
BrE BrE//ˈkætəpʌltɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəpʌltɪd//
 
-ing form catapulting
BrE BrE//ˈkætəpʌltɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəpʌltɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] to throw somebody/something or be thrown suddenly and violently through the air catapult (somebody/something) + adv./prep. She was catapulted out of the car as it hit the wall. (figurative) The movie catapulted him to international stardom. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from French catapulte or Latin catapulta, from Greek katapeltēs, from kata- ‘down’ + pallein ‘hurl’.
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