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Principal Translations
sorprender vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (asombrar, anonadar)  (be unexpected)surprise vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 La noticia de la separación de los Beatles sorprendió a todo el mundo.
 The news of the Beatles' breakup surprised everybody.
sorprender vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (coger desprevenido)  (find [sb] unprepared)catch by surprise v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  surprise vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
   (cause [sb] to wonder)amaze, astonish
 Una tormenta sorprendió a dos alpinistas en pleno ascenso al Everest.
 A storm caught two mountain climbers by surprise in the middle of their ascent of Everest.
 
Additional Translations
sorprender vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (descubrir, pillar)  (reveal a hidden act)catch vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
   (UK)catch out vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game."
 Sorprendieron al alumno fumando mariguana en el baño y le han expulsado una semana del centro.
 They caught a student smoking marijuana in the bathroom and they have expelled him for a week from the centre.
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Compound Forms:
lo cual no me deja de sorprender which never ceases to amaze me
sorprender con surprise with, catch with
sorprender en falta catch someone red-handed
sorprender gratamente nice surprise
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