• IPA: /ˈkæ.tə.pʌlt/

catapult (plural catapults) (catapultæ is archaic)

  1. A device or weapon for throwing or launching large objects, such as a mechanical aid on aircraft carriers designed to help airplanes take off from the flight deck.
  2. (UK) slingshot
  3. An instance of firing a missile from a catapult.
  4. (figuratively) An instance of firing something, as if from a catapult.
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catapult (catapults, present participle catapulting; past and past participle catapulted)

  1. (transitive) To fire a missile from a catapult.
  2. (transitive) To fire or launch something, as if from a catapult.
  3. (transitive) To increase the status of something rapidly.
    The candidate selection for running mate has catapulted her to the national scene.
  4. (intransitive) To be fired from a catapult or as if from a catapult.
  5. (intransitive) To have one's status increased rapidly.
    She catapulted to the national scene following her selection by the candidate.
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