\ 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.



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


amazedly \ -​ˈmā-​zəd-​lē \ adverb

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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


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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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 Then came Cejka and Crane's unrivaled performance, something that amazed Crane in a couple of ways. Ron Higgins,, "Zurich Classic golfers take walk-up music and run with it," 28 Apr. 2018 The ornate baroque interiors or the Grand Palace will no doubt amaze you and no one soon forgets the unique Chinese Room filled with lacquer and ancient silk. Greg Tepper, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to St. Petersburg," 5 Oct. 2016 Getty Images MK: Something that always amazes me about on-air reporters is your ability to keep it together in situations that are often chaotic. Molly Knight, Marie Claire, "Rachel Nichols Is One of the Sports World's Few Female Voices—but That's Not Why She's a Game-Changer," 5 June 2017 Both Mellon and Cohn won tax cuts that amazed and delighted the GOP donor class. Sam Pizzigati, Fortune, "Commentary: How Gary Cohn and Andrew Mellon Both Failed America," 9 Mar. 2018 There Was No Shortage of Special Guests Thank you to @yultron and @SaidTheSky for making this weekend amazing with me! Kat Bein, Billboard, "Will Ferrell, Lil Peep & More: 5 Highlights From Marshmello's 'Melloville' Tour Kick-Off," 16 Jan. 2018 Does the creativity of the Young Bucks ever cease to amaze you? Justin Barrasso,, "Q&A: 'The Villain' Marty Scurll On His ROH Triple Threat Main Event Match," 29 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of amaze

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


\ 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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