Definitions of surprise

  1. 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.
  2. To come upon suddenly or unawares: to strike with wonder or astonishment: to confuse.
  3. To strike with astonishment; take unawares at a disadvantage.
  4. take unawares; " She surprised the couple"; " He surprised an interesting scene"
  5. take unawares or by surprise; cause to be surprised; " The news really surprised me"
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. a sudden unexpected event
  9. the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you
  10. cause to be surprised; " The news really surprised me"
  11. come upon or take unawares; " She surprised the couple"; " He surprised an interesting scene"
  12. The act of coming upon, or taking, unawares; the act of seizing unexpectedly; surprisal; as, the fort was taken by surprise.
  13. 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.
  14. A dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no other contents.
  15. To strike with wonder, astonishment, or confusion, by something sudden, unexpected, or remarkable; to confound; as, his conduct surprised me.
  16. 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.
  17. To hold possession of; to hold.
  18. 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.
  19. Act of taking unawares: the emotion caused by anything sudden: amazement.
  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. The act of coming upon unawares; an emotion of the mind excited by something happening suddenly and unexpectedly; astonishment; wonder.
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