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aback
American English: /əˈbæk/
British English: /əˈbak/

adverb

  • seetake aback
    Example sentences
    • The consul was present at the Supreme Court hearing, and I think she was taken aback and shocked by what she heard.
    • When you go to such a place, you are taken aback by the youthfulness of the crowd.
    • People in England are aware of the divide, but the extent of it took me aback.

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