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shock

2 verb
     
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1 [transitive] to make someone feel very surprised and upset, and unable to believe what has happened:
The hatred in her voice shocked him.
shock somebody to hear/learn/discover etc that
They had been shocked to hear that the hospital was closing down.
It shocked me to think how close we had come to being killed.
shock somebody into (doing) something
She was shocked into action by the desperate situation in the orphanages.
2 [intransitive and transitive] to make someone feel very offended, by talking or behaving in an immoral or socially unacceptable way:
He seems to enjoy shocking people.
Just ignore the bad language - they only do it to shock.

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