Meaning of “surprised” in the English Dictionary

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"surprised" in British English

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surprisedadjective

uk /səˈpraɪzd/ us /sɚˈpraɪzd/

A2 feeling or showing surprise because something has happened that you did not expect:

We were very surprised at the result.
It's not like you to behave like this, Alice - I'm surprised at you (= I feel disappointed with you)!
I'm not surprised (that) he didn't keep his promise.
I'm surprised to see you here.
I've managed to fix your car for now, but don't be surprised if it breaks down again (= it probably will stop working again).
She looked at him with a surprised expression on her face.

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  • I'm surprised to see you awake - ten minutes ago you were fast/sound asleep.
  • I'm not surprised he shouted at you! How would you like to be pushed into a wall?
  • We were surprised at the news.
  • I always thought Chris and Monique were mismatched, so I wasn't surprised when they got divorced.
  • Jacqui was pleasantly surprised to get a B for history.

(Definition of “surprised” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"surprised" in American English

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surprisedadjective

us /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.

(Definition of “surprised” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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