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amaze

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verb \ ə-ˈmāz \

Definition of amaze

amazed; amazing
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.

amazedly

play \-ˈmā-zəd-lē\ adverb

Examples of amaze in a Sentence

  1. He has amazed audiences around the world with his magic tricks.

  2. It amazes me that no one noticed the error.

  3. Her garden's beauty never fails to amaze.

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Origin and Etymology of amaze

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

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amaze

noun

Definition of amaze

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

Origin and Etymology of amaze

see 1amaze



AMAZE Defined for English Language Learners

amaze

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verb

Definition of amaze for English Language Learners

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


AMAZE Defined for Kids

amaze

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verb \ ə-ˈmāz \

Definition of amaze for Students

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


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