[ 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: It will never cease to amaze me how fast children grow.She was amazed that someone could be serious about something so incredibly absurd.

  2. Obsolete. to bewilder; perplex.

verb (used without object),a·mazed, a·maz·ing.
  1. to cause amazement: The museum has a new art show that delights and amazes.

  1. Archaic. amazement.

Origin of amaze

First recorded before 1000; from Middle English amasen, from Old English āmasian “to confuse, stun, astonish,” equivalent to a-3, + unattested *masian “to confuse”; cf. maze

synonym study For amaze

1. See surprise.

Other words for amaze Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use amaze in a sentence

  • It amazes me now to think how little either of us troubled about the established rights or wrongs of the situation.

    The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
  • It amazes me, for she is perfectly amiable, both in temper and person; she is a widow of about eight and twenty.

  • It still amazes me—I shall die amazed—that such a thing can be possible in the modern state.

    Tono Bungay | H. G. Wells
  • This amazes him; almost takes his breath away; it is so different from his dream, which left him in a desperate hole.

    Miss Caprice | St. George Rathborne
  • It is an artless kind of fresco-work, which nevertheless amazes us by remaining perfect after thirty-five centuries.

British Dictionary definitions for amaze


/ (əˈmeɪz) /

  1. to fill with incredulity or surprise; astonish

  2. an obsolete word for bewilder

  1. an archaic word for amazement

Origin of amaze

Old English āmasian

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