verb (used with object), a·mazed, a·maz·ing.

to overwhelm with surprise or sudden wonder; astonish greatly.
Obsolete. to bewilder; perplex.

verb (used without object), a·mazed, a·maz·ing.

to cause amazement: a new art show that delights and amazes.


Archaic. amazement.

Origin of amaze

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

Synonyms for amaze Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of amaze

Historical Examples of amaze

  • 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


verb (tr)

to fill with incredulity or surprise; astonish
an obsolete word for bewilder


an archaic word for amazement

Word Origin for amaze

Old English āmasian
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Word Origin and History for amaze

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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