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English definition of “surprised”


adjective    /sərˈprɑɪzd, sə-/
feeling or showing surprise because something has happened that you did not expect: He seemed surprised by the question. [+ to infinitive] We were pleasantly surprised to find that the hotel was so comfortable. [+ question word] You’d be surprised how quickly the time passes.
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