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surprise

noun [C] (EVENT)    /səˈpraɪz/ US  /sɚ-/
A2 an unexpected event: Don't tell Anne we've arranged a party for her - I want it to be a surprise. It was a lovely/nasty, etc. surprise to get home and find the letter. Last night's heavy snow came as a complete surprise. You're always full of surprises (= doing unexpected things). I wish you wouldn't keep springing surprises on me (= telling me unexpected things or causing unexpected things to happen). They mounted a surprise attack at dawn. My uncle paid us a surprise visit yesterday. → Compare shock nounSurprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upsetFeelings of surprise and amazement
(Definition of surprise noun (EVENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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