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Definition of surprising adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



, NAmE//səˈpraɪzɪŋ//
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 causing surprise It's not surprising (that) they lost. We had a surprising amount in common. It's surprising what people will do for money. It's surprising how many people applied for the job. A surprising number of people came.
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adverb She looked surprisingly well. Surprisingly, he agreed right away. Not surprisingly on such a hot day, the beach was crowded. She knew surprisingly little about her sister's life.
Language Banksurprisinghighlighting interesting data What is surprising about these results is that boys are more likely than girls to be left-handed. Surprisingly, boys are more likely than girls to be left-handed. Interestingly, even when both parents are left-handed, there is still only a 26% chance of their children being left-handed. One of the most interesting findings is that only 2% of the left-handers surveyed have two left-handed parents. It is interesting to note that people are more likely to be left-handed if their mother is left-handed than if their father is. The most striking feature of these results is that left-handed mothers are more likely than left-handed fathers to have left-handed children.
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