surprise: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (sur-prīz', su-), [key]
— v., n. -prised, -pris•ing,
- to strike or occur to with a sudden feeling of wonder or astonishment, as through unexpectedness: Her beauty surprised me.
- to come upon or discover suddenly and unexpectedly: We surprised the children raiding the cookie jar.
- to make an unexpected assault on (an unprepared army, fort, person, etc.).
- to elicit or bring out suddenly and without warning: to surprise the facts from the witness.
- to lead or bring unawares, as into doing something not intended: to surprise a witness into telling the truth.
- an act or instance of surprising or being surprised.
- something that surprises someone; a completely unexpected occurrence, appearance, or statement: His announcement was a surprise to all.
- an assault, as on an army or a fort, made without warning.
- a coming upon unexpectedly; detecting in the act; taking unawares.
- The amount of the donation took us completely by surprise.
- to come upon unawares.
- to astonish; amaze:The amount of the donation took us completely by surprise.
- surprise (Thesaurus)