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surprise

verb [T]     /səˈpraɪz/ US  /sɚ-/
B1 to make someone feel surprise: The news surprised everyone. [+ that] It doesn't surprise me that their parents don't want them to get married. [+ to infinitive] It will not surprise anyone to learn that the offer has been rejected. [+ question word] Janet was surprised how quickly the time passed.Surprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upset to find, catch, or attack someone when they are not expecting it: The robbers had just opened the safe when they were surprised by the police. [+ -ing verb] His mother surprised him helping himself to her gin.Surprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upset
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