1 to make somebody feel surprised surprise somebody It wouldn't surprise me if they got married soon. surprise somebody how, what, etc… It's always surprised me how popular he is. it surprises somebody that… It surprises me that you've never sung professionally. it surprises somebody to do something Would it surprise you to know that I'm thinking of leaving?2 surprise somebody to attack, discover, etc., somebody suddenly and unexpectedly The army attacked at night to surprise the rebels. We arrived home early and surprised a burglar trying to break in.