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Definition of shudder verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shudder
    he / she / it shudders
    past simple shuddered
    -ing form shuddering
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  1. 1[intransitive] to shake because you are cold or frightened, or because of a strong feeling Just thinking about the accident makes me shudder. shudder with something Alone in the car, she shuddered with fear. shudder at something Ishuddered at the thought of all the trouble I caused. shudder to do something Ishudder to think how much this is all going to cost (= I don't want to think about it because it is too unpleasant).
  2. 2[intransitive] (of a vehicle, machine, etc.) to shake very hard The bus shuddered to a halt. The floor was shuddering beneath us.
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