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amazing

[uh-mey-zing] /əˈmeɪ zɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing great surprise or sudden wonder.
Origin of amazing
1520-1530
1520-30; amaze + -ing2
Related forms
amazingly, adverb

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
before 1000; Middle English amasen, Old English āmasian to confuse, stun, astonish. See a-3, maze
Synonyms
1. astound, dumfound, stun, flabbergast. See surprise.
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  • Probably they were right; but they were being licked into a state of amazing efficiency.

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  • But the novel disappeared under the clothes with amazing celerity as the voice of her sister-in-law demanded admission.

British Dictionary definitions for amazing

amazing

/əˈmeɪzɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing wonder or astonishment: amazing feats
Derived Forms
amazingly, adverb

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
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Word Origin and History for amazing
adj.

early 15c., "stupefactive;" 1590s, "dreadful;" present participle adjective from amaze. Sense of "wonderful" is recorded from 1704. Related: Amazingly.

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.

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