\ ə-ˈmāz How to pronounce amaze (audio) \
amazed; amazing; amazes

Definition of amaze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to fill with wonder : astound He amazed audiences with the power of his voice.
2 obsolete : bewilder, perplex

intransitive verb

: to show or cause astonishment The fireworks display never ceases to amaze.



Definition of amaze (Entry 2 of 2)

: amazement Dick looked at the little man in amaze.— Robert Louis Stevenson

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of amaze in a Sentence

Verb He has amazed audiences around the world with his magic tricks. It amazes me that no one noticed the error. Her garden's beauty never fails to amaze.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Realism, romanticism, dynamic… Neal had a full quiver, that never went empty of new arrows to amaze and astound us. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 Lidl’s policy of very low prices continues to amaze. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Including the way Brown feels about the community event, which continues to delight and amaze him. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 What might amaze audiences is that the demographically diverse musicians of the Imperial Valley Symphony rehearse just once as a group before each concert. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Mar. 2022 Look up through your chariot's transparent top and snap the photos that'll create a social media stir and amaze your friends. Rina Nehdar, Travel + Leisure, 4 Mar. 2022 The Olympian scale of his story still has the power to amaze and inspire all these years later. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, 2 Feb. 2022 The way an air fryer can crisp just about anything up in a matter of minutes and without a gallon of oil never ceases to amaze me. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, 15 Feb. 2022 Seeing the sun rise on the Champs Elysées or from the top of Montmartre never ceases to amaze us. ELLE, 26 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But there’s still a short list of destinations with the power to surprise and amaze and awe—and quite a few happen to be in Nevada. Sunset Magazine, 9 May 2022 Despite Sethward's best efforts to shock and amaze viewers, Simon buzzed the act early on and didn't have the nicest things to say to the comedian at the end of the performance. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of amaze


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2


1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amaze


Middle English amasen, from Old English āmasian, from ā- (perfective prefix) + *masian to confuse — more at abide


derivative of amaze entry 1

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“Amaze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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\ ə-ˈmāz How to pronounce amaze (audio) \
amazed; amazing

Kids Definition of amaze

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

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