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sur·prise

 (sər-prīz′)
tr.v. sur·prised, sur·pris·ing, sur·pris·es
1. To cause to feel wonder, astonishment, or amazement, as at something unanticipated: Thinking I was at home, she was surprised to see me in the office. We were surprised that he could recover so quickly.
2.
a. To encounter or discover suddenly or unexpectedly; take or catch unawares: She surprised him as he was reading her diary.
b. To attack or capture suddenly and without warning: surprised the sentries in a predawn raid, wounding several.
3.
a. To cause (someone) to do or say something unintended or to be in an unintended condition: "There passed a scene ... that surprised me into courage to come forward" (Fanny Burney).
b. To elicit or detect through surprise: "She occasionally surprised a look on Jemima's face" (Marcia Willett).
n.
1. The act of surprising or the condition of being surprised: Imagine my surprise on seeing you here.
2. Something, such as an unexpected encounter, event, or gift, that surprises.

[Middle English surprisen, to overcome, from Old French surprise, feminine past participle of surprendre, to surprise : sur-, sur- + prendre, to take (from Latin prehendere, prēndere, to seize; see ghend- in Indo-European roots).]

sur·pris′er n.
sur·pris′ing·ly adv.
Synonyms: surprise, astonish, amaze, astound, dumbfound, flabbergast
These verbs mean to affect a person strongly as being unexpected or unusual. To surprise is to fill with often sudden wonder or disbelief as being unanticipated or out of the ordinary: "Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity" (George S. Patton).
Astonish suggests overwhelming surprise: The sight of such an enormous crowd astonished us. Amaze implies astonishment and often bewilderment: The violinist's virtuosity has amazed audiences all over the world. Astound connotes shock, as from something unprecedented in one's experience: We were astounded at the beauty of the mountains. Dumbfound adds to astound the suggestion of perplexity and often speechlessness: His question dumbfounded me, and I could not respond. Flabbergast is used as a more colorful equivalent of astound, astonish, or amaze: "He was utterly flabbergasted by the accusation and for a few moments he was quite unable to reply" (Alexander McCall Smith).

surprising

(səˈpraɪzɪŋ)
adj
causing surprise; unexpected or amazing
surˈprisingly adv
surˈprisingness n

sur•pris•ing

(sərˈpraɪ zɪŋ, sə-)

adj.
causing surprise; unexpected or unusual.
[1570–80]
sur•pris′ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.surprising - causing surprise or wonder or amazement; "the report shows a surprising lack of hard factual data"; "leaped up with surprising agility"; "she earned a surprising amount of money"
unexpected - not expected or anticipated; "unexpected guests"; "unexpected news"
unsurprising - not causing surprise

surprising

adjective amazing, remarkable, incredible, astonishing, wonderful, unusual, extraordinary, unexpected, staggering, marvellous, startling, astounding, jaw-dropping, unlooked-for A surprising number of customers order the same sandwich each day.
Translations
مُفَاجِئمُفاجئ، مُذْهِل، مُدهِش
překvapivýpřekvapující
overraskende
yllättävä
iznenađujući
óvæntur
驚くべき
놀라운
prekvapivý
presenetljiv
förvånande
น่าประหลาดใจ
làm ngạc nhiên

surprising

[səˈpraɪzɪŋ] ADJsorprendente
he won the match with surprising easeganó el partido con una facilidad sorprendente
it is surprising how many people eat chips every dayes sorprendente la cantidad de gente que come patatas fritas todos los días
it is surprising that no one has thought of it beforees sorprendente que no se le haya ocurrido a nadie antes
it is not or hardly surprising that some teachers are leaving the professionno es de extrañar que algunos profesores estén dejando la profesión
it would be surprising if errors did not occur from time to timesería extraño que no se cometieran errores de vez en cuando

surprising

[sərˈpraɪzɪŋ] adjsurprenant(e), étonnant(e)
it is surprising how many ...
It is surprising how many survived → Le nombre de survivants est surprenant.
it is surprising that ... → il est surprenant que ...

surprising

adjüberraschend, erstaunlich; there’s nothing surprising about thatdas ist nicht weiter verwunderlich; it’s hardly surprising he said noes ist kaum verwunderlich, dass er nein or Nein gesagt hat

surprising

[səˈpraɪzɪŋ] adjsorprendente

surprise

(səˈpraiz) noun
(the feeling caused by) something sudden or unexpected. His statement caused some surprise; Your letter was a pleasant surprise; There were some nasty surprises waiting for her when she returned; He stared at her in surprise; To my surprise the door was unlocked; (also adjective) He paid them a surprise visit.
verb
1. to cause to feel surprise. The news surprised me.
2. to lead, by means of surprise, into doing something. Her sudden question surprised him into betraying himself.
3. to find, come upon, or attack, without warning. They surprised the enemy from the rear.
surˈprised adjective
showing or feeling surprise. his surprised face; I'm surprised (that) he's not here; You behaved badly – I'm surprised at you!; I wouldn't be surprised if he won.
surˈprising adjective
likely to cause surprise. surprising news; It is not surprising that he resigned.
surˈprisingly adverb
Surprisingly, he did win.
take by surprise
1. to catch unawares. The news took me by surprise.
2. to capture (a fort etc) by a sudden, unexpected attack.

surprising

مُفَاجِئ překvapující overraskende überraschend απρόσμενος sorprendente yllättävä surprenant iznenađujući sorprendente 驚くべき 놀라운 verrassend overraskende zaskakujący surpreendente удивительный förvånande น่าประหลาดใจ şaşırtıcı làm ngạc nhiên 令人惊喜的
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It was surprising that so much destructiveness could be contained in one human mind.
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Then they sat together, with a slate before them, and Tom gave Becky the pencil and held her hand in his, guiding it, and so created another surprising house.
It is not therefore surprising that Aladdin, who had never seen, and was a stranger to, so many charms, was dazzled.