Surprise definitions

sər-prīz'
The act of surprising or taking unawares.
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An unexpected seizure or attack.
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The state of being surprised; a feeling aroused by something unusual or unexpected; wonder or astonishment.
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Something that surprises because unexpected, unusual, etc.
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City in SC Ariz.: suburb of Phoenix.
proper name
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To come upon suddenly or unexpectedly; take unawares.
verb
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To attack or capture suddenly and without warning.
verb
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The act of surprising or the condition of being surprised.

Imagine my surprise on seeing you here.

noun
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Something, such as an unexpected encounter, event, or gift, that surprises.
noun
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To cause to feel wonder, astonishment, or amazement, as at something unanticipated.

Thinking I was at home, she was surprised to see me in the office. We were surprised that he could recover so quickly.

verb
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The definition of a surprise is something unexpected or unusual.

An example of surprise is an offer of marriage and a ring while on a hiking trip.

noun
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Surprise is defined as to cause someone to feel amazed at something unexpected, do or say something unintentional.

An example of surprise is organizing a birthday party for someone without them knowing about it.

verb
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Surprise means to encounter, capture or attack without warning.

An example of surprise is hiding behind a corner and jumping out just as someone walks past.

verb
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The feeling that something unexpected has happened.

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

noun
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Unexpected.
adjective
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Something not expected.

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

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

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

verb
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Unexpected.

The surprise attack was devastating.

noun
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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.

verb
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(intransitive) To undergo or witness something unexpected.

He doesn't surprise easily.

verb
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(intransitive) To cause surprise.
verb
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To attack unexpectedly.
verb
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To encounter or discover suddenly or unexpectedly; take or catch unawares.

She surprised him as he was reading her diary.

verb
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To attack or capture suddenly and without warning.

Surprised the sentries in a predawn raid, wounding several.

verb
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To cause (someone) to do or say something unintended or to be in an unintended condition.
verb
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To elicit or detect through surprise.
verb
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To cause to feel wonder or astonishment by being unexpected.
verb
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To present (someone) unexpectedly with a gift, etc.
verb
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To cause by some unexpected action to do or say something unintended.

To surprise someone into an admission.

verb
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To bring out or elicit by such means.

To surprise an admission from someone.

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To take unawares.
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Origin of surprise

Middle English surprisen to overcome from Old French surprise feminine past participle of surprendre to surprise sur- sur- prendre to take (from Latin prehendere, prēndere to seize ghend- in Indo-European roots)