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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The astronomers were surprised to find the second planet. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronomers spy two growing exoplanets in photograph," 4 June 2019 Many of you may not be surprised to learn that G:KotM has a cockamamie plot with logic holes big enough to drive a King Kong through. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," 31 May 2019 Readers of House Beautiful expecting strict guidelines on decorating may be surprised to learn that most designers do not, in fact, advocate following any one strict set of design rules. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "3 Top Interior Designers Share the Rules They Always Break," 30 May 2019 Shane Bevel/Shane Bevel Photography Residents of large coastal cities may be surprised to learn that the newest—and potentially one of the greatest—parks in America is in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Stunning $465M park set to transform Tulsa’s riverfront," 30 Aug. 2018 On Friday, Kylie recovered from her outrageous 21st birthday party by opening gifts and getting surprised with a new Rolls Royce from BF Travis Scott. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "OMG! Kylie Jenner's Birthday Top is Super Affordable," 13 Aug. 2018 With Wendy's return up in the air, viewers were pleasantly surprised with two-weeks of all-new episodes hosted by celebrities. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here's the Tea About Wendy Williams' Return to 'The Wendy Williams Show'," 4 Mar. 2019 At Butcher’s Bistro, Jurkens was pleasantly surprised when the executive chef shared the restaurant’s nose-to-tail philosophy with tour participants. Roxana A. Soto, USA TODAY, "Sample regional flavors with culinary experts," 30 June 2018 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

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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