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Definition of bolt verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bolt
    he / she / it bolts
    past simple bolted
    -ing form bolting
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] bolt (something) to fasten something such as a door or window by sliding a bolt across; to be able to be fastened in this way Don't forget to bolt the door. The gate bolts on the inside.
  2. 2[transitive] to fasten things together with a bolt bolt A to B The vise is bolted to the workbench. bolt A and B together The various parts of the car are then bolted together.
  3. 3[intransitive] if an animal, especially a horse, bolts, it suddenly runs away because it is frightened
  4. 4[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of a person) to run away, especially in order to escape When he saw the police arrive, he bolted down an alley.
  5. 5[transitive] bolt something (down) to eat something very quickly Don't bolt down your food!
  6. 6[transitive, intransitive] bolt (something) to stop supporting a particular group or political party Many Democrats bolted the party to vote Republican.
  7. 7[intransitive] (of a plant, especially a vegetable) to grow too quickly and start producing seeds, and so become less good to eat
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