amazing

[uh-mey-zing]
adjective
causing great surprise or sudden wonder.

Origin:
1520–30; amaze + -ing2

amazingly, adverb
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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]

amazing (əˈmeɪzɪŋ)
 
adj
causing wonder or astonishment: amazing feats
 
a'mazingly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

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.

amazing
1590s, prp. adj. from amaze (q.v.). Originally "dreadful;" sense of "wonderful" is recorded from 1704.
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Example sentences
Come for a virtual visit and learn more about these amazing animals.
Follow our guide for amazing hikes and spectacular views.
Watch how the human body performs amazing feats every day.
He was one of the most amazing men of the 19th century.
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