Definitions for Surprisesərˈpraɪz, sə-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sur•prisesərˈpraɪz, sə-(v.; n.)-prised, -pris•ing
(v.t.)to strike with a sudden feeling of wonder or astonishment, esp. by being unexpected.
to come upon or discover suddenly and unexpectedly.
to make an unexpected assault on (an unprepared army, fort, person, etc.).
to lead or bring unawares into doing something unintended:
to surprise someone into telling the truth.
to elicit suddenly and without warning.
(n.)the state of being surprised; a feeling of sudden wonder or astonishment, esp. at something unexpected.
something that surprises; an unexpected event, appearance, statement, or gift.
an act or instance of surprising or taking unawares.
an attack or assault made without warning.
Idioms for surprise:
take by surprise, to come upon unawares. to astonish; amaze.
Origin of surprise:
1425–75; < MF, n. use of ptp. of surprendre=sur-sur -1+prendre to take < L prehendere (see prehension )
the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you
a sudden unexpected event
the act of surprising someone
cause to be surprised
"The news really surprised me"
come upon or take unawares
"She surprised the couple"; "He surprised an interesting scene"
attack by storm; attack suddenly
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
sth you were not expecting
He bought me a new camera as a surprise.; We're planning to throw a surprise party for her.
the feeling of slight shock when sth unexpected happens
You could see the surprise in her eyes.
to happen unexpectedly, causing surprise
The bad weather caught them totally by surprise.
to make sb feel surprise
He surprised her with a big bunch of roses.; It didn't surprise me that she was upset.
to attack unexpectedly
The plan was to surprise them as they came out of the castle.
Something not expected.
It was a surprise to find out I owed twice as much as I thought I did.
The surprise attack was devastating.
The feeling that something unexpected has happened.
Imagine my surprise on learning I owed twice as much as I thought I did.
To cause (someone) to feel unusually alarmed or delighted.
It surprises me that I owe twice as much as I thought I did.
To do something to (a person) that they are not expecting, as a surprise.
He doesn't know that I'm in the country - I thought I'd turn up at his house and surprise him.
To undergo or witness something unexpected.
He doesn't surprise easily.
To cause surprise.
To attack unexpectedly.
To take unawares.
the act of coming upon, or taking, unawares; the act of seizing unexpectedly; surprisal; as, the fort was taken by surprise
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
anything that causes such a state or emotion
a dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no other contents
to come or fall suddenly and unexpectedly; to take unawares; to seize or capture by unexpected attack
to strike with wonder, astonishment, or confusion, by something sudden, unexpected, or remarkable; to confound; as, his conduct surprised me
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
to hold possession of; to hold
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Surprise' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2153
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Surprise' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3235
Rank popularity for the word 'Surprise' in Nouns Frequency: #903
Rank popularity for the word 'Surprise' in Verbs Frequency: #894
Translations for Surprise
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to cause to feel surprise
The news surprised me.
- изненадвам (се)Bulgarian
- surpreenderPortuguese (BR)
- متعجب كردنFarsi
- आश्चर्यचकित करनाHindi
- komaá óvartIcelandic
- overraske, forbauseNorwegian
- zadziwić, zaskoczyćPolish
- متعجب كردنPersian
- حیرانول، متعجب کولPashto
- a surprindeRomanian
- överraska, förvånaSwedish
- 使驚奇Chinese (Trad.)
- дивувати, вражатиUkrainian
- حیران ہونا، تعجب کرناUrdu
- làm ngạc nhiên, làm kinh ngạcVietnamese
- 使惊奇Chinese (Simp.)
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