Meaning of 'surprise' (Webster Dictionary)
- The act of coming upon, or taking, unawares; the act of
seizing unexpectedly; surprisal; as, the fort was taken by surprise.
- The state of being surprised, or taken unawares, by some
act or event which could not reasonably be foreseen; emotion excited by
what is sudden and strange; a suddenly excited feeling of wonder or
- Anything that causes such a state or emotion.
- A dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no
- To come or fall suddenly and unexpectedly; to take
unawares; to seize or capture by unexpected attack.
- To strike with wonder, astonishment, or confusion, by
something sudden, unexpected, or remarkable; to confound; as, his
conduct surprised me.
- To lead (one) to do suddenly and without forethought; to
bring (one) into some unexpected state; -- with into; as, to be
surprised into an indiscretion; to be surprised into generosity.
- To hold possession of; to hold.