sur·​prised | \ sər-ˈprīzd How to pronounce surprised (audio) , sə-\

Definition of surprised

: feeling or showing surprise because of something unexpected was very surprised to see her there was too surprised to speak a surprised expression

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People are surprised when water starts pouring out of their air conditioning system. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The DIY Guide To Fixing Your Leaky Air Conditioner," 15 Mar. 2019 Don’t be surprised if either Paul Ryan or John Boehner has put in an empathy call to current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Speaker Ocasio-Cortez," 6 Mar. 2019 The nemeses challenge each other to a design contest, and are surprised to find some lessons in love hidden in the floorboards (had to). Megan Stein, Country Living, "Hallmark's Spring Fever Lineup Is Here to Make Winter Less Miserable," 6 Mar. 2019 The Favourite relishes the shock value of its royal lesbian love triangle, but viewers really shouldn't be surprised. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Beyond The Favourite: The Royal Family's Very Queer History," 22 Feb. 2019 Many homeowners are surprised to find out that the building phase of their project is quicker than the design and permitting phases. Denny Conner, The Seattle Times, "A major remodel requires the right pro — and lots of patience," 5 Feb. 2019 Deputies said the woman woke up, and was surprised to find it in her bathroom. Fox News, "Raccoon breaks into Florida woman's home, freezes in bathroom," 20 Sep. 2018 What would people be surprised to find on your shelf? Amy Sutherland,, "The trick to reading while walking? Hold the book up a bit.," 29 June 2018 Fans have already been surprised by the show's multiple recasts, including the replacement of Molly Ephraim who originally played Mandy Baxter. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Is 'Last Man Standing' Star Hector Elizondo Leaving the Show?," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of surprised

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of surprised was in 1882

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English Language Learners Definition of surprised

: having or showing the feeling that people get when something unexpected or unusual happens : feeling or showing surprise

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