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


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: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sur·pris·ing, a. Exciting surprise; extraordinary; of a nature to excite wonder and astonishment; as, surprising bravery; a surprising escape from danger. -- Sur*pris*ing*ly, adv. -- Sur*pris*ing*ness, n.
 Syn: -- Wonderful; extraordinary; unexpected; astonishing; striking.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : causing surprise or wonder or amazement; "the report shows a
            surprising lack of hard factual data"; "leaped up with
            surprising agility"; "she earned a surprising amount of
            money" [ant: unsurprising]