• Something unexpected.
  • The feeling that something unexpected has happened.


  • To cause (someone) to feel unusually alarmed or delighted by something unexpected.
  • To do something to (a person) that they are not expecting, as a surprise.
  • To undergo or witness something unexpected.
  • To cause surprise.
  • To attack unexpectedly.
  • To take unawares.


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  • From Middle English surprise, borrowed from Middle French surprise ("an overtake"), nominal use of the past participle of Old French sorprendre ("to overtake"), from sor- + prendre, from Latin super- + Latin prendere, contracted from prehendere. suppli.

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