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Definition of amaze verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

amaze

 verb
verb
NAmE//əˈmeɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they amaze
 
he / she / it amazes
 
past simple amazed
 
-ing form amazing
 
 
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 to surprise someone very much amaze somebody Just the size of the place amazed her. amaze somebody what, how, etc… It never ceases to amaze me what some people will do for money. What amazes me is how long she succeeded in hiding it from us. it amazes somebody that…/to see, find, learn, etc. It amazed her that he could be so calm at such a time. Thesaurussurprisestartle amaze stun astonish take somebody aback astoundThese words all mean to make someone feel surprised.surprise to give someone the feeling that you get when something happens that you do not expect or do not understand, or something that you do expect does not happen; to make someone feel surprised:The outcome didn't surprise me at all.startle to surprise someone suddenly in a way that slightly shocks or frightens them:Sorry, I didn't mean to startle you. The explosion startled the horse.amaze to surprise someone very much:The size of the Grand Canyon amazed us all.stun (somewhat informal) to surprise or shock someone so much that they cannot think clearly or speak:He stunned us with his announcement.astonish to surprise someone very much:The news astonished everyone.amaze or astonish?These two words have the same meaning and in most cases you can use either. If you are talking about something that both surprises you and makes you feel ashamed, use astonish:He was astonished by his own stupidity.take somebody aback [usually passive] (especially of something negative) to surprise or shock someone:We were taken aback by her hostile reaction.astound to surprise or shock someone very much:His arrogance astounded her.Patterns It surprises somebody/startles somebody/amazes somebody/stuns somebody/astonishes somebody/takes somebody aback/astounds somebody to be surprised/startled/amazed/stunned/astonished/astounded that… to surprise/amaze somebody what/how… It surprises/startles/amazes/stuns/astonishes/astounds somebody >to know/find/learn/see/hear that…> to be surprised/startled/stunned into (doing) something
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