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surprises

noun
variants: also surprizes
plural of surprise

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 something that makes a strong impression because it is so unexpected
  • the anniversary party was such a complete surprise that the couple was speechless for a moment

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2 the state of being strongly impressed by something unexpected or unusual
  • stared in utter surprise at the deer in his cabin

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3 a setup in which hidden attackers lie in wait
  • waited under cover of darkness and took the enemy encampment by surprise at dawn

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surprises

verb
variants: also surprizes
present tense third-person singular of surprise

Synonyms of surprises (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to make a strong impression on (someone) with something unexpected
  • I was very surprised when my parents offered to pay the down payment on our house

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2 to lie in wait for and attack by surprise
  • FBI agents surprised the counterfeiters in their own base of operations

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“Surprises.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/surprises. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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