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noun surprise pronunciation in British English /sə(r)ˈpraɪz/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an unusual or unexpected event
    There were few surprises at Wimbledon this year.
    come as a surprise: Holman’s arrest came as a surprise to the entire community.
    come as no surprise: Given the dismal sales performance, the change of management came as no surprise.
    surprises in store (=unexpected things that will happen in the future): Let’s hope there are no more unpleasant surprises in store for us.
    be in for a surprise: The players could be in for a surprise if they expect an easy victory.
    1. a.
      news or information that seems unusual or unexpected
      I never knew Sheila had been married – that was a real surprise.
    2. b.
      [only before noun] happening unexpectedly
      Henderson led the team to a surprise win in the final.
      They keep the room ready for surprise visitors.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the feeling you have when something unusual or unexpected happens
    Many students expressed surprise at the news.
    (much) to someone’s surprise: Much to my surprise, the restaurant was actually very nice.
  3. 3
    [countable] a present that you are not expecting to receive
    I got you a little surprise for your birthday.
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