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Definition 1: a sudden involuntary movement - [noun denoting act]

Samples where startle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he awoke with a start

Synonyms for startle in the sense of this definition

(startle is a kind of ...) an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus

(... is a kind of startle ) a complicated involuntary reaction to a sudden unexpected stimulus (especially a loud noise); involves flexion of most skeletal muscles and a variety of visceral reactions

(... is a kind of startle ) a normal reflex of young infants; a sudden loud noise causes the child to stretch out the arms and flex the legs

(... is a kind of startle ) a reflex response to sudden pain

Definition 2: to stimulate to action - [verb of emotion]

Samples where startle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the loud noise startled him awake
  • galvanized into action

Synonyms for startle in the sense of this definition

(startle is a kind of ...) surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off

"I was floored when I heard that I was promoted"

Definition 3: move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm - [verb of motion]

Samples where startle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She startled when I walked into the room

Synonyms for startle in the sense of this definition

(startle is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(... is a kind of startle ) start suddenly, as from fright

(... is a kind of startle ) startle with amazement or fear

(... is a kind of startle ) start with anger or resentment or in protest

(... is a kind of startle ) go forward or start with a fast, sudden movement

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