amazes

amaze

[uh-meyz]
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:
before 1000; Middle English amasen, Old English āmasian to confuse, stun, astonish. See a-3, maze


1. astound, dumfound, stun, flabbergast. See surprise.
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amaze (əˈmeɪz)
 
vb
1.  to fill with incredulity or surprise; astonish
2.  an obsolete word for bewilder
 
n
3.  an archaic word for amazement
 
[Old English āmasian]

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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 1590s.
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