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suddenly (adv.)

late 13c., sodeinli; see sudden + -ly (2).

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Definitions of suddenly

suddenly (adv.)
happening unexpectedly;
suddenly she felt a sharp pain in her side
Synonyms: all of a sudden / of a sudden
suddenly (adv.)
quickly and without warning;
he stopped suddenly
Synonyms: abruptly / short / dead
suddenly (adv.)
on impulse; without premeditation;
he made up his mind suddenly
Synonyms: on the spur of the moment
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