\ 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.



Definition of amaze (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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 Bent, slow, yet sturdy, the veterans returning to the battlefield continued to amaze the crowds. Washington Post, "WWII allies, Germany mark 75 yrs since Battle of the Bulge," 16 Dec. 2019 Nevertheless, Kelly's wit never ceases to amaze (and inspire!) us. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Kelly Ripa Claps Back at a Fan on a PDA-Filled Instagram of Her Husband Mark Consuelos," 26 Nov. 2019 The demonstration Blowe was attempting is popular on the internet and the premise is simple: Soak paper money in a mixture of water and alcohol, light it and amaze your friends when the bill comes through unharmed. CBS News, "Chemistry teacher "froze in pure shock" after botched experiment set teen on fire," 7 Nov. 2019 The demonstration Blowe was attempting is popular on the internet and the premise is simple: Soak paper money in a mixture of water and alcohol, light it and amaze your friends when the bill comes through unharmed. Washington Post, "Report: Teacher botched experiment, caused student injury," 6 Nov. 2019 Its grandeur, together with its Oval Plaza, South Theater, and arch dedicated to Emperor Hadrian, still amazes visitors today. Eva Tobalina, National Geographic, "Rome brought pomp and prosperity to this ancient outpost in Jordan," 18 Sep. 2019 The things people will apply pressure for will never cease to amaze me. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive, "Carolyn Hax: Daughter feels disingenuous when grieving the parent her mother never was," 4 Oct. 2019 Frank Gore, Buffalo Bills Gore continues to amaze at the age of 36, especially for a running back. Adam Ronis,, "Sneaky Week 3 Fantasy Football Starts: Royce Freeman, Greg Olsen, More," 19 Sep. 2019 The beers on the whole continue to amaze, with standouts rising to the top while some others need to keep developing. Andre Meunier,, "10 more visited in 2019 Portland Breweries Series; here are their best beers," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of amaze


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


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amaze

Verb and Noun

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

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

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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Amaze.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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How to pronounce amaze (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of amaze

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


\ 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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