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

     

    jolt

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dʒəʊlt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒoʊlt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they jolt
    BrE BrE//dʒəʊlt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒoʊlt//
     
    he / she / it jolts
    BrE BrE//dʒəʊlts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒoʊlts//
     
    past simple jolted
    BrE BrE//ˈdʒəʊltɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒoʊltɪd//
     
    past participle jolted
    BrE BrE//ˈdʒəʊltɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒoʊltɪd//
     
    -ing form jolting
    BrE BrE//ˈdʒəʊltɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒoʊltɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to move or to make somebody/something move suddenly and roughly synonym jerk (+ adv./prep.) The truck jolted and rattled over the rough ground. We were jolting along at about five miles an hour. The bus jolted to a halt. (figurative) Her heart jolted when she saw him. jolt somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) He was jolted forwards as the bus moved off.
  2. 2[transitive] to give somebody 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.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: of unknown origin.
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