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[uh-meyz] /əˈmeɪz/
verb (used with object), amazed, amazing.
to overwhelm with surprise or sudden wonder; astonish greatly.
Obsolete. to bewilder; perplex.
verb (used without object), amazed, amazing.
to cause amazement:
a new art show that delights and amazes.
Archaic. amazement.
Origin of amaze
before 1000; Middle English amasen, Old English āmasian to confuse, stun, astonish. See a-3, maze
1. astound, dumfound, stun, flabbergast. See surprise. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for amaze
  • It never ceases to amaze me the lengths people will go to in search of freedom.
  • She stood over six feet tall and had enough bulk and muscle to amaze audiences with her prowess.
  • Often dogs need do no more than be their simple selves to amaze and beguile us.
  • On the contrary, it often gave him pleasure to amaze and shock them.
  • Given the opportunity, kids will build and make things that amaze even themselves.
  • It never ceases to amaze me how medieval so many parts of the world still are.
  • The fabulous feats of circus performers amaze audiences of all ages.
  • Keep giving her direction and she will amaze you with loyalty.
  • We're bringing you an additional selection here of worthy stills and videos that we're sure will fascinate and amaze.
  • Children always amaze with their responses and resourcefulness.
British Dictionary definitions for amaze


verb (transitive)
to fill with incredulity or surprise; astonish
an obsolete word for bewilder
an archaic word for amazement
Word Origin
Old English āmasian
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Word Origin and History for amaze

early 13c., amasian "stupefy, make crazy," from a-, probably used here as an intensive prefix, + -masian, related to maze (q.v.). Sense of "overwhelm with wonder" is from 1580s. Related: Amazed; amazing.

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