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

 

stunt

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verb
BrE BrE//stʌnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//stʌnt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stunt
BrE BrE//stʌnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//stʌnt//
 
he / she / it stunts
BrE BrE//stʌnts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//stʌnts//
 
past simple stunted
BrE BrE//ˈstʌntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstʌntɪd//
 
past participle stunted
BrE BrE//ˈstʌntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstʌntɪd//
 
-ing form stunting
BrE BrE//ˈstʌntɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstʌntɪŋ//
 
 
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stunt somebody/something to prevent somebody/something from growing or developing as much as they/it should The constant winds had stunted the growth of plants and bushes. His illness had not stunted his creativity. Word Originverb late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘bring to an abrupt halt’): from dialect stunt ‘foolish, stubborn’, of Germanic origin; perhaps related to stump.
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