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amaze

[uh-meyz]
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verb (used with object), a·mazed, a·maz·ing.
  1. to overwhelm with surprise or sudden wonder; astonish greatly.
  2. Obsolete. to bewilder; perplex.
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verb (used without object), a·mazed, a·maz·ing.
  1. to cause amazement: a new art show that delights and amazes.
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noun
  1. Archaic. amazement.
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Origin of amaze

before 1000; Middle English amasen, Old English āmasian to confuse, stun, astonish. See a-3, maze

Synonyms

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1. astound, dumfound, stun, flabbergast. See surprise.
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  • Alderling repeated in a tone of amaze at the inadequacy of my epithet.

    Questionable Shapes

    William Dean Howells

  • 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.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

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

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin

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

    Rippling Rhymes

    Walt Mason


British Dictionary definitions for amaze

amaze

verb (tr)
  1. to fill with incredulity or surprise; astonish
  2. an obsolete word for bewilder
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noun
  1. an archaic word for amazement
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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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