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Definition of "surprise" []

  • To encounter suddenly or unexpectedly; take or catch unawares. (verb-transitive)
  • To attack or capture suddenly and without warning. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to feel wonder, astonishment, or amazement, as at something unanticipated. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause (someone) to do or say something unintended. (verb-transitive)
  • To elicit or detect through surprise. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "surprise" in a sentence
  • "I just searched it for: UHI… Result ..surprise, surprise ZERO Heat island then… surprise surprise again ZERO…You can at least give credit to SMHI admitting there is a strange cigar named UHIE…"
  • "At every point, the surprise is a learning opportunity, because it means there was something wrong with their understanding, which they have to fix."
  • "Why this should come as a surprise is a mystery to me, as I have elaborated on in previous posts."