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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sur·prise /sə(r)ˈpraɪz/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sur·prise n.
 1. The act of coming upon, or taking, unawares; the act of seizing unexpectedly; surprisal; as, the fort was taken by surprise.
 2. The state of being surprised, or taken unawares, by some act or event which could not reasonably be foreseen; emotion excited by what is sudden and strange; a suddenly excited feeling of wonder or astonishment.
 Pure surprise and fear
 Made me to quit the house.   --Shak.
 3. Anything that causes such a state or emotion.
 4. A dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no other contents. [Obs.]
 Surprise party, a party of persons who assemble by mutual agreement, and without invitation, at the house of a common friend. [U.S.] --Bartlett.
 Syn: -- Wonder; astonishment; amazement.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sur·prise v. t. [imp. & p. p. Surprised p. pr. & vb. n. Surprising.]
 1. To come or fall suddenly and unexpectedly; to take unawares; to seize or capture by unexpected attack.
    Fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites.   --Isa. xxxiii. 14.
    The castle of Macduff I will surprise.   --Shak.
 Who can speak
 The mingled passions that surprised his heart?   --Thomson.
 2. To strike with wonder, astonishment, or confusion, by something sudden, unexpected, or remarkable; to confound; as, his conduct surprised me.
    I am surprised with an uncouth fear.   --Shak.
 Up he starts,
 Discovered and surprised.   --Milton.
 3. To lead (one) to do suddenly and without forethought; to bring (one) into some unexpected state; -- with into; as, to be surprised into an indiscretion; to be surprised into generosity.
 4. To hold possession of; to hold. [Obs.]
 Not with me,
 That in my hands surprise the sovereignity.   --J. Webster.
 Syn: -- See Astonish.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected
           happens to you
      2: a sudden unexpected event
      3: the act of surprising someone [syn: surprisal]
      v 1: cause to be surprised; "The news really surprised me"
      2: come upon or take unawares; "She surprised the couple"; "He
         surprised an interesting scene"
      3: attack by storm; attack suddenly [syn: storm]