- 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[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. Word Origin late 16th cent.: of unknown origin.
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//