Definition of amaze in English:



  • Surprise (someone) greatly; fill with astonishment.

    ‘he was amazed at how modern everything was’
    [with object and clause] ‘she was amazed that Paul should notice her’
    • ‘It amazes him how people get seduced by the bogus trappings of fame.’
    • ‘It amazes me that it has taken so long for this matter to come to court, when it has for many years been a contentious issue.’
    • ‘It will undoubtedly stun and amaze you to know that my fashion sense has always been a bit dodgy.’
    • ‘Wayne has performed many times and each time he amazes audiences with his vocals.’
    • ‘It amazes her that there is no union or association for models.’
    • ‘His ability to keep working amazes his friends and his optimism about life and its gifts is exemplary.’
    • ‘What amazes me is that the President himself is not clamoring for an investigation.’
    • ‘When I put that in some perspective, it amazes me that I took so long to return.’
    • ‘Football's incredible ability to throw up surprises never ceases to amaze me.’
    • ‘What amazes me about this interview is that he sees everything so clearly.’
    • ‘The program will surprise, delight and astonish and amaze you with its quality and range of styles.’
    • ‘It always amazes me how anybody can overlook the basic truths about America.’
    • ‘It amazes me that we are right in the heart of the city centre, while simultaneously being away from it all.’
    • ‘Mrs. Johnson’s mouth dropped open in amazed disbelief.’
    • ‘It amazes me that somebody can say very little, and not very loudly at all, and everyone listens to what she has to say.’
    • ‘It amazes me how integral someone's personality is to our perception of them as individuals.’
    • ‘He had brought the pictures for us to see and other ones that would totally shock and amaze you.’
    • ‘It amazes me how common sense never prevails in situations like this.’
    • ‘All I could do was smile and shake my head in amazed disbelief.’
    • ‘What amazes me is that it doesn't happen more often - that other people don't stand their ground.’
    astonish, astound, surprise, bewilder, stun, stagger, flabbergast, nonplus, shock, startle, shake, stop someone in their tracks, stupefy, leave open-mouthed, leave aghast, take someone's breath away, dumbfound, daze, benumb, perplex, confound, dismay, disconcert, shatter, take aback, jolt, shake up
    bowl over, knock for six, floor, blow someone's mind, strike dumb
    thunderstruck, at a loss for words, speechless
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Old English āmasian, of unknown origin.