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American English: /sə(r)ˈpraɪz/
British English: /səˈprʌɪz/

Translation of surprise in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable (astonishment) imagine my surprise when I opened the parcel
    imagínate la sorpresa que me llevé cuando abrí el paquete
    a look of surprise
    una mirada sorprendida or de sorpresa
    oh!, he said, in some surprise
    ¡oh! —dijo, algo sorprendido
    to my surprise
    para mi sorpresa
  • 2 countable (thing, event) what a surprise to see you here!
    ¡qué sorpresa verte por aquí!
    the result was or came as something of a surprise
    el resultado fue en cierto modo una sorpresa
    it's no surprise to me that she won
    no me sorprende que haya ganado
    to give somebody a surprise
    darle una sorpresa a alguien
    there's a surprise in store for you
    ya verás la que te espera
    he rang to say he'd be late — surprise, surprise! [ironic]
    llamó para decir que iba a llegar tarde — ¡qué sorpresa! [ironic]
    (before noun) (gift/packet)
    sorpresa invariable adjective
    after their surprise defeat in Wednesday's game …
    después de la inesperada derrota del miércoles pasado …
    a surprise party
    una fiesta sorpresa
  • 3 uncountable (catching somebody unprepared) to take somebody by surprise
    sorprender a alguien
    pillar or agarrar or (esp Spain) coger a alguien desprevenido
    (before noun) (visit/attack)
    sorpresa invariable adjective

transitive verb

  • 1 (astonish)
    it would not surprise me to learn that he was a divorcé
    no me sorprendería que fuera divorciado
    I was surprised by his vehemence
    su vehemencia me sorprendió
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (catch unawares)
    pillar desprevenido
    agarrar desprevenido
    coger desprevenido (esp Spain)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
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