surprising

surprising
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1) ADJ-GRADED: oft it v-link ADJ that/to-inf Something that is surprising is unexpected or unusual and makes you feel surprised.

It is not surprising that children learn to read at different rates...

A surprising number of customers order the same sandwich every day.

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surprisingly ADV-GRADED ADV with cl, ADV adj/adv

...the Flemish Bloc, which did surprisingly well in the general election last year...

Not surprisingly, he enjoyed telling tales about his time at the military academy.

2) See also surprise

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • surprising — adjective unusual or unexpected: a surprising lack of communication between management and staff | it is surprising (that): It s not really surprising that only a few people came tonight. | it is surprising how/what etc: It s surprising how… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • surprising — sur|pris|ing [ sər praızıŋ ] adjective *** unusual or unexpected: Going shopping with a baby requires a surprising amount of physical effort. The results of the survey lead to some surprising conclusions. It s hardly surprising (=not at all… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • surprising */*/*/ — UK [sə(r)ˈpraɪzɪŋ] / US [sərˈpraɪzɪŋ] adjective unusual, or unexpected Going shopping with a baby requires a surprising amount of physical effort. The results of the survey lead to some surprising conclusions. It s hardly surprising (= not at all …   English dictionary

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