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Part of speech: Noun

The act of coming upon or attacking unexpectedly; state of being taken unawares; a feeling excited by what is sudden and strange; wonder; astonishment; a sudden or unexpected event or fact.

Part of speech: Verb

To take unawares; to attack without notice; as, to surprise the enemy; to strike with wonder by something sudden or unexpected; astonish; to lead to do something suddenly and unexpectedly: with into; as, to surprise a thief into admitting his guilt.

Usage examples "surprise":
  • Oh, yes- that does not surprise me. - "The Splendid Folly", Margaret Pedler.
  • They never surprise me- lord! - "Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends", John Keats.
  • Steve looked his surprise. - "Man to Man", Jackson Gregory.