Definition of surprising
: of a nature that excites surprise
Examples of surprising in a Sentence
It's not surprising that he doesn't want to go.
The changes to the campus were surprising.
He shows a surprising lack of concern for others.
A surprising number of people were laid off at the factory.
Recent Examples of surprising from the Web
The cut to the state stream is disappointing but not necessarily surprising, said Sycamore schools treasurer Beth Weber.
That’s not surprising: Why would any Democrat work to repeal the party’s signature policy achievement of the last decade in order to replace it with a plan that would leave tens of millions of people uninsured and increase premiums for many?
The skew in NIH funding that the researchers found is not surprising—NIH has noted the inequality in its own analyses.
That said, one of your ideas for adults wishing to maintain their curiosity is to do something that’s surprising or that seems out of character for them.
Baywatch, the maligned beach reboot starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, also passed the $100 million international mark this past weekend, boosted up by a surprising $16 million from Germany, per Pamela McClintock of The Hollywood Reporter.
The White House is liable to encounter some surprising opposition.
The shift is a surprising and significant move from the institution, known for its highly traditional views on family and gender.
What is surprising, however, is that there are not more.
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First Known Use of surprising
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Definition of surprising for English Language Learners
: unexpected or unusual : causing surprise
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Definition of surprising for Students
: causing astonishment : unexpected Although some things were always the same with Abuelita … others were surprising … — Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising
surprisinglyadverb He is a surprisingly good singer.
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