Surprise means to encounter, capture or attack without warning.(verb)
An example of surprise is hiding behind a corner and jumping out just as someone walks past.
Surprise is defined as to cause someone to feel amazed at something unexpected, do or say something unintentional.(verb)
An example of surprise is organizing a birthday party for someone without them knowing about it.
The definition of a surprise is something unexpected or unusual.(noun)
An example of surprise is an offer of marriage and a ring while on a hiking trip.
See surprise in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME surprysen < OFr surpris, pp. of sorprendre, to surprise, take napping < sur- (see sur-) + prendre, to take (see prize)
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transitive verb sur·prised, sur·pris·ing, sur·pris·es
Origin: Middle English surprisen, to overcome
Origin: , from Old French surprise
Origin: , feminine past participle of surprendre, to surprise
Origin: : sur-, sur-
Origin: + prendre, to take (from Latin prehendere, prēndere, to seize; see ghend- in Indo-European roots).
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