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amaze

[uh-meyz] /əˈmeɪz/
verb (used with object), amazed, amazing.
1.
to overwhelm with surprise or sudden wonder; astonish greatly.
2.
Obsolete. to bewilder; perplex.
verb (used without object), amazed, amazing.
3.
to cause amazement:
a new art show that delights and amazes.
noun
4.
Archaic. amazement.
Origin of amaze
1000
before 1000; Middle English amasen, Old English āmasian to confuse, stun, astonish. See a-3, maze
Synonyms
1. astound, dumfound, stun, flabbergast. See surprise.
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  • Alderling repeated in a tone of amaze at the inadequacy of my epithet.

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  • Mrs Harris often and often says to me, "Sairey Gamp," she says, "you raly do amaze me!"

  • Anne threw in, the only stop-gap she could catch at in her amaze.

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  • "Why, that's more than ever I would have looked for, Elder," exclaimed Standish in amaze.

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  • She viewed her lover in amaze, and cold and scornful was her gaze.

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British Dictionary definitions for amaze

amaze

/əˈmeɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to fill with incredulity or surprise; astonish
2.
an obsolete word for bewilder
noun
3.
an archaic word for amazement
Word Origin
Old English āmasian
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Word Origin and History for amaze
v.

early 13c., amasian "stupefy, make crazy," from a-, probably used here as an intensive prefix, + -masian, related to maze (q.v.). Sense of "overwhelm with wonder" is from 1580s. Related: Amazed; amazing.

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