(third-person singular simple present amazes, present participle amazing, simple past and past participle amazed)
- To fill with wonder and surprise; to astonish, astound, surprise or perplex. [from 16th c.]
- He was amazed when he found that the girl was a robot.
- (intransitive) To undergo amazement; to be astounded.
From Middle English amasen (“to bewilder, perplex”), from Old English āmasian (“to confuse, astonish”), from ā- (perfective prefix) + *masian (“to confound”) from *mæs (“delusion, bewilderment”), from Proto-Germanic *mas-, *masōną (“to confound, be weary, dream”), from Proto-Indo-European *mā- (“to stupefy”). Akin to Old Norse masa (“to struggle, be confused”), Ancient Greek μάτη (mátē, “folly”), μέμαα (mémaa, “I was eager”). More at automatic.