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Definitions of surprise

  1. To take unawares; to attack without notice; as, to surprise the enemy; to strike with wonder by something sudden or unexpected; astonish; to lead to do something suddenly and unexpectedly: with into; as, to surprise a thief into admitting his guilt. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To come upon suddenly or unawares: to strike with wonder or astonishment: to confuse. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To strike with astonishment; take unawares at a disadvantage. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. take unawares; "She surprised the couple"; "He surprised an interesting scene" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. take unawares or by surprise; cause to be surprised; "The news really surprised me" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. To come upon or take suddenly or unawares; to strike with wonder or astonishment by something sudden, unexpected, or unusual; to throw the mind into disorder by something sudden. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. To take unawares; to come upon one suddenly; to strike with wonder; to throw the mind into confusion by presenting something suddenly to the view or the mind. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. a sudden unexpected event Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. cause to be surprised; "The news really surprised me" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. come upon or take unawares; "She surprised the couple"; "He surprised an interesting scene" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. The act of coming upon, or taking, unawares; the act of seizing unexpectedly; surprisal; as, the fort was taken by surprise. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. The state of being surprised, or taken unawares, by some act or event which could not reasonably be foreseen; emotion excited by what is sudden and strange; a suddenly excited feeling of wonder or astonishment. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. A dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no other contents. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. To strike with wonder, astonishment, or confusion, by something sudden, unexpected, or remarkable; to confound; as, his conduct surprised me. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. To lead (one) to do suddenly and without forethought; to bring (one) into some unexpected state; -- with into; as, to be surprised into an indiscretion; to be surprised into generosity. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. To hold possession of; to hold. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. The act of coming upon or attacking unexpectedly; state of being taken unawares; a feeling excited by what is sudden and strange; wonder; astonishment; a sudden or unexpected event or fact. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. Act of taking unawares: the emotion caused by anything sudden: amazement. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. The act of surprizing, or the state of being surprized; a sudden and unexpected event. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. The act of surprising; the state of being surprised; an emotion excited by something happening suddenly and unexpectedly. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. The act of coming upon unawares; an emotion of the mind excited by something happening suddenly and unexpectedly; astonishment; wonder. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for surprise

  1. Fred asked in surprise – Down the Slope by James Otis
  2. Let it be a surprise to her. – Amarilly of Clothes-line Alley by Belle K. Maniates
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