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Definitions of surprise

  1. attack by storm; attack suddenly
  2. the act of surprising someone
  3. take unawares; " She surprised the couple"; " He surprised an interesting scene"
  4. a sudden unexpected event
  5. the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you
  6. take unawares or by surprise; cause to be surprised; " The news really surprised me"
  7. cause to be surprised; " The news really surprised me"
  8. come upon or take unawares; " She surprised the couple"; " He surprised an interesting scene"
  9. The act of coming upon, or taking, unawares; the act of seizing unexpectedly; surprisal; as, the fort was taken by surprise.
  10. 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.
  11. A dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no other contents.
  12. To strike with wonder, astonishment, or confusion, by something sudden, unexpected, or remarkable; to confound; as, his conduct surprised me.
  13. 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.
  14. To hold possession of; to hold.
  15. The act of coming upon or attacking unexpectedly; state of being taken unawares; a feeling excited by what is sudden and strange; wonder; astonishment; a sudden or unexpected event or fact.
  16. To take unawares; to attack without notice; as, to surprise the enemy; to strike with wonder by something sudden or unexpected; astonish; to lead to do something suddenly and unexpectedly: with into; as, to surprise a thief into admitting his guilt.
  17. Act of taking unawares: the emotion caused by anything sudden: amazement.
  18. To come upon suddenly or unawares: to strike with wonder or astonishment: to confuse.
  19. To strike with astonishment; take unawares at a disadvantage.
  20. The act of surprizing, or the state of being surprized; a sudden and unexpected event.
  21. The act of surprising; the state of being surprised; an emotion excited by something happening suddenly and unexpectedly.
  22. To come upon or take suddenly or unawares; to strike with wonder or astonishment by something sudden, unexpected, or unusual; to throw the mind into disorder by something sudden.
  23. To take unawares; to come upon one suddenly; to strike with wonder; to throw the mind into confusion by presenting something suddenly to the view or the mind.
  24. The act of coming upon unawares; an emotion of the mind excited by something happening suddenly and unexpectedly; astonishment; wonder.

Usage examples for surprise

  1. Fred asked in surprise. – Down the Slope by James Otis
  2. Let it be a surprise to her. – Amarilly of Clothes-line Alley by Belle K. Maniates
  3. It was a great surprise for both of them. – The Luckiest Girl in the School by Angela Brazil
  4. " Oh," murmured the visitor in surprise. – Penny Nichols and the Knob Hill Mystery by Joan Clark
  5. You surprise me, my boy ... – The Return of Peter Grimm by David Belasco Edited by Montrose J. Moses
  6. Mr. Mitchel's reply to this was even more of a surprise than what he had said before. – An Artist in Crime by Rodrigues Ottolengui
  7. He's come to give us a surprise. – The Limit by Ada Leverson
  8. There was the same surprise next morning. – Fated to Be Free by Jean Ingelow
  9. Phil looked up in surprise. – Phil the Fiddler by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  10. Then we will go up to the house and I will be there to surprise her when she comes. – Marcia Schuyler by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  11. It would be a surprise for her. – The Everlasting Whisper by Jackson Gregory
  12. " Because I wanted to surprise you," he replied. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  13. The old gentleman looked at me in some surprise. – A Queen's Error by Henry Curties
  14. Mark looked at him in surprise. – The Altar Steps by Compton MacKenzie
  15. This came on me, as I saw it did on you all, as a surprise. – Bardell v. Pickwick by Percy Fitzgerald
  16. He had a surprise for her this morning. – Four Girls and a Compact by Annie Hamilton Donnell
  17. My visit was to be a surprise to them. – Eunice by Margaret Murray Robertson
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