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Dictionary definition for: Startle

1. (n) a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start"

2. (v) to stimulate to action ; "..startled him awake" "galvanized into action"

3. (v) move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room"

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