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Definition 1: the act of surprising someone - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for surprise in the sense of this definition

(surprise is a kind of ...) the act of causing disorder

Definition 2: a sudden unexpected event - [noun denoting event]

(surprise is a kind of ...) an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

"the change was intended to increase sales" "this storm is certainly a change for the worse" "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"

(... is a kind of surprise ) a shocking surprise

"news of the attack came like a bombshell"

(... is a kind of surprise ) a dramatic surprise

(... is a kind of surprise ) something surprising and revealing

(... is a kind of surprise ) a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances (especially in a literary work)

"a peripeteia swiftly turns a routine sequence of events into a story worth telling"

(... is a kind of surprise ) an unpleasant or disappointing surprise

"it came as a shock to learn that he was injured"

(... is a kind of surprise ) an unexpected and amazing event

"the stunner was what happened on Saturday"

Definition 3: the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you - [noun denoting feeling]

(surprise is a kind of ...) the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising

"he looked at me in astonishment"

Definition 4: cause to be surprised - [verb of cognition]

Samples where surprise or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The news really surprised me

(surprise is a kind of ...) have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

"This child impressed me as unusually mature" "This behavior struck me as odd" "he was dumb-struck by the news" "her comments struck a sour note"

(... is a kind of surprise ) affect with wonder

"Your ability to speak six languages amazes me!"

(... is a kind of surprise ) utter or do something surprising

"Father exploded a bombshell when he forbade us to go to the prom"

(... is a kind of surprise ) discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state

"She caught her son eating candy" "She was caught shoplifting"

(... is a kind of surprise ) overcome with amazement

"This boggles the mind!"

(... is a kind of surprise ) surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off

"I was floored when I heard that I was promoted"

Definition 5: attack by storm; attack suddenly - [verb of competition]

Synonyms for surprise in the sense of this definition

(surprise is a kind of ...) launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with

"Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II" "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"

Samples where surprise or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She surprised the couple
  • He surprised an interesting scene

(surprise is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(... is a kind of surprise ) catch unawares, especially with harmful consequences

"The economic downturn blindsided many investors"

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