verb \ə-ˈmāz\

: to surprise and sometimes confuse (someone) very much : to fill (someone) with wonder


Full Definition of AMAZE

transitive verb
obsolete :  bewilder, perplex
:  to fill with wonder :  astound
intransitive verb
:  to show or cause astonishment
amaz·ed·ly \-ˈmā-zəd-lē\ adverb

Examples of AMAZE

  1. He has amazed audiences around the world with his magic tricks.
  2. It amazes me that no one noticed the error.
  3. Her garden's beauty never fails to amaze.

Origin of AMAZE

Middle English amasen, from Old English āmasian, from ā- (perfective prefix) + *masian to confuse — more at abide
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of AMAZE

surprise, astonish, astound, amaze, flabbergast mean to impress forcibly through unexpectedness. surprise stresses causing an effect through being unexpected but not necessarily unusual or novel <surprised to find them at home>. astonish implies surprising so greatly as to seem incredible <a discovery that astonished the world>. astound stresses the shock of astonishment <too astounded to respond>. amaze suggests an effect of bewilderment <amazed by the immense size of the place>. flabbergast may suggest thorough astonishment and bewilderment or dismay <flabbergasted by his angry refusal>.



Definition of AMAZE

:  amazement

First Known Use of AMAZE

15th century
AMAZE Defined for Kids


verb \ə-ˈmāz\

Definition of AMAZE for Kids

:  to surprise or puzzle very much <His skill with the ball amazed us.>


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