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Definition of jolt verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they jolt
    he / she / it jolts
    past simple jolted
    -ing form jolting
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  1. 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. 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.
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