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English noun: surprise

1. surprise (feeling) the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you


Broader (hypernym)amazement, astonishment

2. surprise (event) a sudden unexpected event


Broader (hypernym)alteration, change, modification


Narrower (hyponym)blow, bombshell, coup de theatre, eye opener, peripeteia, peripetia, peripety, shock, stunner, thunderbolt, thunderclap

3. surprise (act) the act of surprising someone


Synonymssurprisal


Broader (hypernym)disruption, perturbation


English verb: surprise

1. surprise (cognition) cause to be surprised


SamplesThe news really surprised me.


ExamplesThe bad news will surprise him, The good news will surprise her


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)affect, impress, move, strike


Narrower (hyponym)amaze, astonish, astound, ball over, blow out of the water, boggle, bowl over, catch, explode a bombshell, flabbergast, floor, shock, take aback

2. surprise (social) come upon or take unawares


SamplesShe surprised the couple.
He surprised an interesting scene.


ExamplesSam cannot surprise Sue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)act, move


Narrower (hyponym)blindside

3. surprise (competition) attack by storm; attack suddenly


Synonymsstorm


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)assail, attack









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