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  1. greatly surprised; astounded; suddenly filled with wonder: The magician made the dove disappear before our amazed eyes.
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Origin of amazed

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at amaze, -ed2
Related formsa·maz·ed·ly [uh-mey-zid-lee] /əˈmeɪ zɪd li/, adverba·maz·ed·ness, nounun·a·mazed, adjectiveun·a·maz·ed·ly, adverbun·a·maz·ed·ness, noun


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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  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


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Related Words

perplex, bewilder, stun, alarm, shock, impress, astound, stagger, startle, astonish, daze, affect, flabbergast, dumbfound, strike, touch, move, electrify, stupefy

Examples from the Web for amazed

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  • All the courtiers were amazed and confounded, and Sir Oliver the most of all.

    Biographical Stories

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • She was amazed at the amount of work that had been accomplished.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Mrs Verloc sat still, amazed, lost in boundless astonishment.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • The two men were both too amazed, at the instant, for rapid measures.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Hattie did not look at her young daughter; but if she had looked, she might have been amazed.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for amazed


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

Old English āmasian
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Word Origin and History for amazed



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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