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Definition of stagger verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stagger
    he / she / it staggers
    past simple staggered
    -ing form staggering
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to walk with weak unsteady steps, as if you are about to fall synonym totter (+ adv./prep.) The injured woman staggered to her feet. He staggered home, drunk. We seem to stagger from one crisis to the next. (figurative) The company is staggering under the weight of a $20 million debt. stagger something I managed to stagger the last few steps.
  2. 2[transitive] to shock or surprise someone very much synonym amaze stagger somebody Her remarks staggered me. it staggers somebody that… It staggers me that Congress seems unwilling to do anything about it.
  3. 3[transitive] stagger something to arrange for events that would normally happen at the same time to start or happen at different times There were so many runners that they had to stagger the start.
stagger noun
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to walk with a stagger