- 1An unexpected or astonishing event, fact, etc.: the announcement came as a complete surpriseMás ejemplos en oraciones
- The trip here was full of surprises, like the fact that Jon got incredibly seasick almost the minute we left.
- Surprise in war is achieved by doing the unexpected and the avoidance of unpleasant surprises is what military intelligence is all about.
- The political environment in Louisiana is always full of surprises but is seldom surprising.
- 1.1 [mass noun] A feeling of mild astonishment or shock caused by something unexpected: much to her surprise, she’d missed himMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Grant had an interesting expression, something of mild surprise, anger, and annoyance.
- She looked down in mild surprise and disdain before breaking off the shaft and holding it up to inspect it more closely.
- One detaches himself from the herd, I note with mild surprise, and heads outside with me.
- 1.2 [as modifier] Denoting something done or happening unexpectedly: a surprise attackMás ejemplos en oraciones
- For his part, Eisenhower feared a surprise attack and war by miscalculation.
- Others are engineers who manned machine guns to defend comrades from surprise attacks.
- Initially, the air security service was tasked with preventing surprise attack by enemy aviation.
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- 1(Of something unexpected) cause (someone) to feel mild astonishment or shock: I was surprised at his statement [with object and clause]: Joe was surprised that he enjoyed the journeyMás ejemplos en oraciones
astonish, amaze, nonplus, startle, astound, stun, flabbergast, stagger, shock, stop someone in their tracks, stupefy, leave open-mouthed, take someone's breath away, dumbfound, daze, benumb, confound, take aback, jolt, shake upastonished, amazed, in amazement, nonplussed, taken aback, startled, astounded, stunned, flabbergasted, staggered, shocked, shell-shocked, stupefied, open-mouthed, dumbfounded, dumbstruck, speechless, at a loss for words, thunderstruck, dazed, benumbed, confounded, agape, goggle-eyed, wide-eyed, jolted, shaken up• informal bowled over, knocked for six, floored, flummoxed, caught on the hop, caught on the wrong foot, unable to believe one's eyes/earsunexpected, unanticipated, unforeseen, unpredictable, unpredicted; astonishing, amazing, startling, astounding, striking, staggering, incredible, extraordinary, dazzling, breathtaking, remarkable, wonderful, unusual• informal mind-blowing
- On the train I ask the chatty parent whether he was surprised at the appointment of a woman.
- He was surprised at the feelings Kate had provoked in him since he'd met her the previous day.
- The researchers were pleasantly surprised to find 56 more gorillas.
- 1.1Capture, attack, or discover suddenly and unexpectedly: he surprised a gang stealing scrap metalMás ejemplos en oraciones
- When they got in they could then surprise the occupants, catching them off guard easily.
- Information that is not tracked could later surprise the Army on the battlefield.
- To be able to surprise the U.S. military, they will try to learn more about it than the military knows about itself.
surprise, surprise • informal
- Said ironically when one believes that something was entirely predictable: we entrust you with Jason’s care and, surprise surprise, you make a mess of itMás ejemplos en oraciones
- All the beautiful old stone work was taken away and, surprise, surprise, when it was rebuilt was replaced by ugly aluminium fencing which is an insult to the locality and a veritable eyesore.
- It also found - surprise, surprise - that women prefer tall dark strangers, but do not like men with long hair, beards or stubble, who like football and smoke.
- Hurricane Fabian is expected to graze the west of Bermuda on Friday night, bringing - surprise, surprise - strong winds and thunderstorms.
take someone/thing by surprise
- Attack or capture someone or something unexpectedly: his flotilla was taken wholly by surprise when fired on by the British warshipsMás ejemplos en oraciones
- The security officials were taken by surprise by the attack.
- The attack took the troops by surprise, but was no more successful than any of the previous offensives.
- Some have accused Franklin D. Roosevelt of deliberately permitting the attack to take his forces by surprise so as to bring the United States into the war.
- (take someone by surprise) Happen when someone is not prepared: the question took David by surpriseMás ejemplos en oraciones
take aback, surprise, shock, stun, stagger, astound, astonish, startle; dumbfound, daze, nonplus, stop someone in their tracks, stupefy, take someone's breath away; shake (up), jolt, throw, unnerve, disconcert, disturb, disquiet, unsettle, discompose, bewilder• informal flabbergast, knock for six, knock sideways, knock out, floor, strike dumb
- My five-year-old son's question took me by surprise.
- The question took Rebecca by surprise, and she was ashamed to admit the truth.
- The question took Scott by surprise and he hesitated a moment before answering.
late Middle English (in the sense 'unexpected seizure of a place, or attack on troops'): from Old French, feminine past participle of surprendre, from medieval Latin superprehendere 'seize'.