verb (used with object), sur·prised, sur·pris·ing.
- surplus value,
- surprise party,
- surprise symphony,
- to come upon unawares.
- to astonish; amaze: The amount of the donation took us completely by surprise.
Origin of surprise
Examples from the Web for surprise
That Stone would slander the democratic, pro-Western, EuroMaidan revolution as a CIA coup is no surprise.
His surprise marriage to theater director Sophie Hunter may have broken hearts, but the squeals of delight were even louder.
The news came as a surprise even to fans of Gordon-Levitt, who was only photographed with McCauley for the first time last May.
To my own surprise, last year I started a book club, which includes writers, editors and an agent.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No surprise then that aside from wealthy coastal suburbs, the Democratic base has shrunk to the urban cores and college towns.
The Perdu at this point—and even in his horror he noted it with surprise—was comparatively shallow.Earth's Enigmas|Charles G. D. Roberts
But perhaps the surprise, annoyance and keen disappointment broke his soldierly heart.
To my surprise the question provoked a burst of anger from the salesman.Adventures of Sherlock Holmes|A. Conan Doyle
To his surprise Dr Plummer did not strike, but returned quietly to his desk.Tom, Dick and Harry|Talbot Baines Reed
He gazed at Mr. Charles F. Furneaux with a surprise that was not altogether flattering.The Postmaster's Daughter|Louis Tracy
- to come upon suddenly and without warning
- to capture unexpectedly or catch unprepared
- to astonish; amaze
Word Origin for surprise
late 14c., "unexpected attack or capture," from Middle French surprise "a taking unawares," from noun use of past participle of Old French surprendre "to overtake," from sur- "over" (see sur-) + prendre "to take," from Latin prendere, contracted from prehendere "to grasp, seize" (see prehensile). Meaning "something unexpected" first recorded 1590s, that of "feeling caused by something unexpected" is c.1600. Meaning "fancy dish" is attested from 1708.
A Surprize is ... a dish ... which promising little from its first appearance, when open abounds with all sorts of variety. [W. King, "Cookery," 1708]
Surprise party originally was a military detachment (1841); festive sense is attested from 1858.
see take by surprise.