follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

amaze

[uh-meyz] /əˈmeɪz/
verb (used with object), amazed, amazing.
1.
to overwhelm with surprise or sudden wonder; astonish greatly.
2.
Obsolete. to bewilder; perplex.
verb (used without object), amazed, amazing.
3.
to cause amazement:
a new art show that delights and amazes.
noun
4.
Archaic. amazement.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English amasen, Old English āmasian to confuse, stun, astonish. See a-3, maze
Synonyms
1. astound, dumfound, stun, flabbergast. See surprise.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
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

amaze

/əˈmeɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to fill with incredulity or surprise; astonish
2.
an obsolete word for bewilder
noun
3.
an archaic word for amazement
Word Origin
Old English āmasian
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for amaze
v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for amaze

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for amaze

16
17
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with amaze

Nearby words for amaze