Definitions for Surprisesərˈpraɪz, sə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sur•prisesərˈpraɪz, sə-(v.; n.)-prised, -pris•ing

  1. (v.t.)to strike with a sudden feeling of wonder or astonishment, esp. by being unexpected.

  2. to come upon or discover suddenly and unexpectedly.

  3. to make an unexpected assault on (an unprepared army, fort, person, etc.).

  4. to lead or bring unawares into doing something unintended:

    to surprise someone into telling the truth.

  5. to elicit suddenly and without warning.

  6. (n.)the state of being surprised; a feeling of sudden wonder or astonishment, esp. at something unexpected.

  7. something that surprises; an unexpected event, appearance, statement, or gift.

  8. an act or instance of surprising or taking unawares.

  9. an attack or assault made without warning.

Idioms for surprise:

  1. take by surprise, to come upon unawares. to astonish; amaze.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of surprise:

1425–75; < MF, n. use of ptp. of surprendre=sur-sur -1+prendre to take < L prehendere (see prehension )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. surprise(noun)

    the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you

  2. surprise(noun)

    a sudden unexpected event

  3. surprise, surprisal(verb)

    the act of surprising someone

  4. surprise(verb)

    cause to be surprised

    "The news really surprised me"

  5. surprise(verb)

    come upon or take unawares

    "She surprised the couple"; "He surprised an interesting scene"

  6. storm, surprise(verb)

    attack by storm; attack suddenly

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. surprise(noun)ərˈpraɪz, sə-

    sth you were not expecting

    He bought me a new camera as a surprise.; We're planning to throw a surprise party for her.

  2. surpriseərˈpraɪz, sə-

    the feeling of slight shock when sth unexpected happens

    You could see the surprise in her eyes.

  3. surpriseərˈpraɪz, sə-

    to happen unexpectedly, causing surprise

    The bad weather caught them totally by surprise.

  4. surprise(verb)ərˈpraɪz, sə-

    to make sb feel surprise

    He surprised her with a big bunch of roses.; It didn't surprise me that she was upset.

  5. surpriseərˈpraɪz, sə-

    to attack unexpectedly

    The plan was to surprise them as they came out of the castle.


  1. surprise(Noun)

    Something not expected.

    It was a surprise to find out I owed twice as much as I thought I did.

  2. surprise(Noun)


    The surprise attack was devastating.

  3. surprise(Noun)

    The feeling that something unexpected has happened.

    Imagine my surprise on learning I owed twice as much as I thought I did.

  4. surprise(Verb)

    To cause (someone) to feel unusually alarmed or delighted.

    It surprises me that I owe twice as much as I thought I did.

  5. surprise(Verb)

    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.

  6. surprise(Verb)

    To undergo or witness something unexpected.

    He doesn't surprise easily.

  7. surprise(Verb)

    To cause surprise.

  8. surprise(Verb)

    To attack unexpectedly.

  9. surprise(Verb)

    To take unawares.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Surprise(noun)

    the act of coming upon, or taking, unawares; the act of seizing unexpectedly; surprisal; as, the fort was taken by surprise

  2. Surprise(noun)

    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

  3. Surprise(noun)

    anything that causes such a state or emotion

  4. Surprise(noun)

    a dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no other contents

  5. Surprise(noun)

    to come or fall suddenly and unexpectedly; to take unawares; to seize or capture by unexpected attack

  6. Surprise(noun)

    to strike with wonder, astonishment, or confusion, by something sudden, unexpected, or remarkable; to confound; as, his conduct surprised me

  7. Surprise(noun)

    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

  8. Surprise(noun)

    to hold possession of; to hold

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Surprise' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2153

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Surprise' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3235

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Surprise' in Nouns Frequency: #903

  4. Verbs Frequency

    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.

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