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amazed; amazing; amazes

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

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


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: 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
James also continued to amaze despite being the NBA’s elder statesman, becoming the league’s oldest player to record at least 30 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists, doing so in his 21st season. Ben Morse, CNN, 28 Jan. 2024 What also amazed me was that Mr. Delen was ordered to surrender his firearms. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 3 Jan. 2024 Thirty-two days after surgery on his Achilles, Aaron Rodgers was walking without crutches on the field at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, throwing the football — and amazing his fans and his coach, Robert Saleh. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 16 Oct. 2023 The Princess of Wales, 41, recently amazed a group of families who were gathering at the end of the year. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 23 Dec. 2023 These charming and clever gifts are designed to amaze and delight everyone on your holiday shopping list. Kathy Barr, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2023 But wildlife supporters could bank on the big cat coming down from the mountaintop to amaze onlookers who were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of him over the years. Brennon Dixson, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2023 What amazes, again and again, is his uncanny ability not only to fulfill the commission but to take the level of execution up about five notches from what could reasonably be expected. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 LeBron James, amazing again with 16 points in the final dozen minutes, clanked a foolish three-point shot. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2023
The dogs at the daycare, which funds independent dog rescue facility Dogs 4 Rescue, 'amaze' the facility's owner daily. People Staff, Peoplemag, 15 Dec. 2022 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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Word History



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


derivative of amaze entry 1

First Known Use


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


1598, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Amaze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


amazed; amazing
: to surprise or astonish greatly : fill with wonder
amazingly adverb

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