Definition of 'surprise'
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Unexpected opportunities and surprise arrivals add excitement to your day. The Sun (2011) Time to surprise people who need it more. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The biggest surprise in this colourful biography is that its subject allowed it to be published. Times, Sunday Times (2009)You would be surprised how hard those ladies work. The Sun (2012)You could be surprised by which one you prefer. Times, Sunday Times (2010)What began as bewilderment at the surprise attack turned rapidly to seething defensiveness. Christianity Today (2000)Your new love choices are good but surprise your pals. The Sun (2007)The allied attack had come as something of a surprise to him. Man of Honour (2007)Definitely could spring another surprise at a big price. The Sun (2010)The results are hardly a big surprise. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The music icon disappeared for years before a surprise solo comeback this year. The Sun (2013)The surprising fact was that there was no corruption. AT HOME WITH THE QUEEN: The Inside Story of the Royal Household (2002)Their first surprise was to discover they were not in the minority. A Channel of Peace (1993)To beat them all again was an unexpected surprise. Times, Sunday Times (2013)There was no time to be surprised. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The big surprise was how easy it was. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Everything that happens is inevitable and yet comes as a surprise. Times, Sunday Times (2016)And they would not be surprised if one bidder drops out. Times, Sunday Times (2007)What he is good at is surprising you. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Cynics are not surprised that politicians say one thing when they are campaigning and another when they are in power. The Sun (2011)Which country could cause a surprise? Times, Sunday Times (2014)My mother could say the most surprising things, producing them seemingly out of the blue. THE ZANZIBAR CHEST: A Memoir of Love and War (2003)
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Translations for 'surprise'
British English: surprise /səˈpraɪz/ NOUN
A surprise is an unexpected event, fact, or piece of news.
I have a surprise for you: We are moving to Switzerland!
- American English: surprise
- Arabic: مُفَاجَأَة
- Brazilian Portuguese: surpresa
- Chinese: 惊喜
- Croatian: iznenađenje
- Czech: překvapení
- Danish: overraskelse
- Dutch: verrassing
- European Spanish: sorpresa
- Finnish: yllätys
- French: surprise
- German: Überraschung
- Greek: έκπληξη
- Italian: sopresa
- Japanese: 驚き
- Korean: 놀람
- Norwegian: overraskelse
- Polish: niespodzianka
- European Portuguese: surpresa
- Romanian: surpriză
- Russian: удивление
- Spanish: sorpresa
- Swedish: överraskning
- Thai: ความประหลาดใจ
- Turkish: sürpriz
- Ukrainian: сюрприз
- Vietnamese: sự ngạc nhiên
British English: surprise VERB
If something surprises you, it gives you a feeling of surprise.
We'll solve the case ourselves and surprise everyone.
Definition of surprise from the Collins English Dictionary
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