amaze

verb
\ə-ˈmāz \
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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Other Words from amaze

Verb

amazedly \-ˈmā-zəd-lē \ adverb

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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

Does the creativity of the Young Bucks ever cease to amaze you? Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Q&A: 'The Villain' Marty Scurll On His ROH Triple Threat Main Event Match," 29 June 2018 Kansas State’s Bill Snyder continues to amaze, with the 78-year-old coach showing no signs of slowing down. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Steady Kansas State is No. 44 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 14 July 2018 Thomas was the King of the Fourth and amazed the entire league, but then he got injured in the 2017 postseason and was traded away to the Cavaliers as part of the Kyrie Irving deal. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Isaiah Thomas reminds everyone how great he was with Celtics," 12 July 2018 Jester Jim will amaze with his hilarious juggling, balancing and beatboxing show to celebrate the reading accomplished by participants in the children's Summer Reading Program. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 10 July 2018 What amazes me is the scattering of twigs that have accumulated on the ground below the nest. Ernie Cowan Outdoors, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Wrens much better than TV," 4 Apr. 2018 Musical phenomenon André Rieu will amaze fans in Detroit September 18 at the Fox Theatre! Detroit Free Press, "Win Tickets to See André Rieu," 14 Mar. 2018 And the live audience continues to grow, which amazes me. Dave Gil De Rubio, Detroit Free Press, "Ray LaMontagne lights the way with authentic sounds, musical camaraderie," 28 June 2018 While the scenery amazes, a few minor challenges came our way. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Crop Bistro's grandeur is worth the trip to Ohio City restaurant," 20 Mar. 2018

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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

see amaze entry 1

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amaze

verb

English Language Learners Definition of amaze

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

amaze

verb
\ə-ˈmāz \
amazed; amazing

Kids Definition of amaze

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

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