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Definition of surprising adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

surprising

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//səˈpraɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sərˈpraɪzɪŋ//
 
Surprise
 
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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. Language BanksurprisingHighlighting interesting data What is surprising about these results is that boys are more likely to be left-handed than girls. Surprisingly, boys are more likely to be left-handed than girls. 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 to have left-handed children. language bank at contrast, emphasis, illustrate, similarly See related entries: SurpriseExtra examples It is hardly surprising that these stories continue to circulate. For a big man, he could move with surprising speed. I find that rather surprising. In the light of these changes, it is not surprising to find regional variations in unemployment. It is not surprising (that) they lost. It is surprising how little disagreement there is about it. It is surprising how quickly rumours spread. It’s surprising what people will do for money. Quite a surprising number of people turned up. The frequency of such bad weather is hardly surprising given how far north we are. The surprising thing is how little it costs. We found we had a surprising amount in common.
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