amaze

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

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.

amaze

noun

Definition of amaze (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And the couple will be continuing to try to amaze the public with their paranormal performances and prognostications. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Sykesville residents Dan and Kat Eckhart peer into future, unveil predictions for 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 To try and grasp the essential humanity of the people who entrusted me — at levels that never ceased to amaze me — to tell their tales. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Searching for humanity," 23 Dec. 2020 The largest and most famous coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef, can still amaze even the most traveled ocean explorers. Danielle Hall, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2020," 17 Dec. 2020 The need to be cruel by some people will always amaze me. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Fans Stand By Erin Napier After She Received "Cruel Comments" About Her Daughter's Hair," 16 Dec. 2020 Authorized by the director himself, this is a cinematic journey that will amaze and captivate. John J. Kelly, Detroit Free Press, "Holiday gift guide 2020: The best books bring comfort and joy," 7 Dec. 2020 The actor, philanthropist, and all-around A+-kinda guy never ceases to amaze us with his humor, his inspiring words, his kind heart. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Matthew McConaughey Shares His Real Stance on Running for Texas Governor," 19 Nov. 2020 Impress and amaze your friends with the statistics above! Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Feels Like October Out There But Milder Days Ahead," 30 Sep. 2020 Her kindness, her compassion, and her huge heart never cease to amaze me. Marci Robin, Allure, "Reese Witherspoon Celebrates Daughter Ava Phillippe's 21st Birthday With New Lookalike Photo," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of amaze

Verb

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amaze

Verb

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

Noun

derivative of amaze entry 1

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The first known use of amaze was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Amaze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amaze. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for amaze

amaze

verb
How to pronounce amaze (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of amaze

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

amaze

verb
\ 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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