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Definition of amaze verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

amaze

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//əˈmeɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈmeɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they amaze
BrE BrE//əˈmeɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈmeɪz//
 
he / she / it amazes
BrE BrE//əˈmeɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈmeɪzɪz//
 
past simple amazed
BrE BrE//əˈmeɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈmeɪzd//
 
past participle amazed
BrE BrE//əˈmeɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈmeɪzd//
 
-ing form amazing
BrE BrE//əˈmeɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈmeɪzɪŋ//
 
Surprise
 
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to surprise somebody 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 managed to hide it from us. it amazes somebody that… It amazed her that he could be so calm at such a time. it amazes somebody to see, find, learn, etc… It amazes me to think what we have achieved this year. Synonymssurprisestartle amaze stun astonish take somebody aback astoundThese words all mean to make somebody feel surprised.surprise to give somebody 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 somebody feel surprised:The outcome didn’t surprise me at all.startle to surprise somebody 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 somebody very much:Just the huge size of the place amazed her.stun (rather informal) (often in newspapers) to surprise or shock somebody so much that they cannot think clearly or speakastonish to surprise somebody 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 somebody:We were rather taken aback by her hostile reaction.astound to surprise or shock somebody very much:His arrogance astounded her.Patterns It surprises somebody/​startles somebody/​amazes somebody/​stuns somebody/​astonishes somebody/​takes somebody aback/​astounds somebody to surprise/​startle/​amaze/​stun/​astonish/​astound somebody that… to surprise/​amaze somebody what/​how… to surprise/​startle/​amaze/​stun/​astonish/​astound somebody to know/​find/​learn/​see/​hear… to be surprised/​startled/​stunned into (doing) something See related entries: Surprise Word Origin Old English āmasian, of unknown origin.Extra examples It never ceases to amaze me what some people will do for money. Just the huge size of the place amazed her. What amazes me is how long she managed to hide it from us.
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