surprise - definition and synonyms

 
 
verb [transitive] 

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/sə(r)ˈpraɪz/
present tense
I/you/we/theysurprise
he/she/itsurprises
present participlesurprising
past tensesurprised
past participlesurprised
  1. 1
    to give someone a feeling of surprise

    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.

  3. 3
    to discover someone doing something, especially something that they should not be doing