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verb [transitive] surprise pronunciation in American English /sərˈpraɪz/
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present tense
present participlesurprising
past tensesurprised
past participlesurprised
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  1. 1
    to give someone a feeling of surprise
    Her angry tone of voice surprised me.
    Mike decided to surprise Angie with flowers.
    It may surprise you to know that Frank used to be an athlete.
    It wouldn’t surprise me if it snowed tonight.
    surprise yourself: She surprised herself by finishing the race in less than 45 minutes.
  2. 2
    to attack or find someone when they do not expect it
    The soldiers surprised the men before they had a chance to escape.


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