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

Examples of surprised in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of her friends and family were not surprised to see Coronell Uribe win the job. Nicole Chavez, CNN, 18 Nov. 2021 Tookie is not entirely surprised to see Flora again. Jennifer Wilson, Vulture, 10 Nov. 2021 Lockport coach Chris Beal was not surprised to see Abdel-Razik come through in such a big situation. Steve Millar,, 6 Nov. 2021 Noone isn’t surprised to see the gap between classical music and video games closing. Mat Ombler, Wired, 4 Nov. 2021 But while no one watching was surprised to see house muses Jared Leto and Jodie Turner-Smith on the Love Parade runway, the arrival of former child star Macaulay Culkin was something of a plot twist. Alice Cary, Vogue, 3 Nov. 2021 Adriane Casalotti, chief of government and public affairs at the National Association of County and City Health Officials, warns that the U.S. should not be surprised to see case counts continue to climb. Talia Herman, ProPublica, 1 Nov. 2021 Still, don’t be surprised to see Kranz break into the original screenplay race. Andrew Barker, Variety, 28 Oct. 2021 In Southern California, onlookers were surprised to see the commission possibly erode one of Los Angeles’ predominantly Black districts, a version of which is currently held by Rep. Karen Bass, who is running for mayor. Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Oct. 2021

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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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“Surprised.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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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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