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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Photo: Paul Sakuma/Associated Press For years afterward, phone makers would routinely amaze consumers with new advancements, from selfie cameras to waterproof designs to plus-size screens. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "The Big Hangup: Why the Future Is Not Just Your Phone," 12 Jan. 2019 Your tireless commitment, discipline and hard work never seizes [sic] to amaze me. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gisele Bündchen's Reaction to Tom Brady's Super Bowl Win Was Priceless," 4 Feb. 2019 The news amazed many, disappointed many others and made at least one person intensely curious. Clifford Thompson, WSJ, "‘A Spy in Canaan’ and ‘Bluff City’ Review: Reporter and Informer," 22 Feb. 2019 One is a new 17-foot sculpture that promises to amaze, said beautification committee chairwoman Joan Stevens. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Always changing stunning Radler gardens to be open to public in Greenfield," 12 July 2018 If Ankor Wat amazes the visitor with its size, Bagan will stun with the extent of its building. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 Your tireless commitment, discipline and hard work never ceases to amaze me. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gisele Bündchen's Reaction to Tom Brady's Super Bowl Win Was Priceless," 4 Feb. 2019 Co-starring in HGTV's Home Town with wife Erin Napier, the husband and father to baby Helen, has never failed to amaze us with his furniture-making skills. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Ben Napier Has Designed the Porch Swings of Our Dreams," 29 May 2018 Often overlooked, Haiti rarely ceases to amaze with its vibrant modern art scene, dozens of near-empty beaches, and fantastic hiking. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is the Best Caribbean Island for You," 15 Jan. 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 and Noun

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

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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 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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