surprising

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adjective sur·pris·ing \ sər-ˈprī-ziŋ , sə- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of surprising

:of a nature that excites surprise

Examples of surprising in a Sentence

  1. It's not surprising that he doesn't want to go.

  2. The changes to the campus were surprising.

  3. He shows a surprising lack of concern for others.

  4. A surprising number of people were laid off at the factory.

Recent Examples of surprising from the Web

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First Known Use of surprising

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SURPRISING Defined for English Language Learners

surprising

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adjective

Definition of surprising for English Language Learners

  • : unexpected or unusual : causing surprise


SURPRISING Defined for Kids

surprising

adjective sur·pris·ing \ sər-ˈprī-ziŋ , sə-ˈprī-ziŋ \

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

surprisingly

adverb
  • He is a surprisingly good singer.


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