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[uh-stound] /əˈstaʊnd/
verb (used with object)
to overwhelm with amazement; astonish greatly; shock with wonder or surprise.
Archaic. astonished; astounded.
Origin of astound
1275-1325; Middle English astoun(e)d, past participle of astonen, variant of astonyen to astonish
Related forms
astoundment, noun
1. See surprise. Unabridged
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  • Pics of the the worlds beyond ours never cease to amaze and astound me.
  • The point is that style trends, not unlike political ones, still have the power to astound.
  • Great and fancy libraries astound us, but it's the personal library where a scholar's serious work begins.
  • The variety and power of the human mind never fails to astound me.
  • It wasn't until after the war, however, that the weapon that would astound the world took its final form.
  • The agility of his musical imagination continues to astound.
  • He has actually restored salty depleted lands, his methods will astound you.
  • But there is no stopping the reverberation of a case that continues to astound and perplex.
  • The grilling is to perfection, the house wine is good and the inexpensive prices will astound you.
  • At night, the silence and darkness will astound you.
British Dictionary definitions for astound


(transitive) to overwhelm with amazement and wonder; bewilder
Word Origin
C17: from astoned amazed, from Old French estoné, from estoner to astonish
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Word Origin and History for astound

mid-15c., from Middle English astouned, astoned (c.1300), past participle of astonen, astonien "to stun" (see astonish), with more of the original sense of Vulgar Latin *extonare. Related: Astounded; astounding.

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