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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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Examples from the web for astounded
  • Still, the power of decentralised collaboration astounded everyone.
  • Even they were astounded at how well it seemed to work.
  • To see you even after you were viciously attacked with a smile on your face astounded me.
  • They are astounded at the amount of stuff coming out of their noses all day.
  • He's astounded by the skill of the craftsmen and by the nobility and precision of a painting of the war.
  • But while we're astounded, we're not entirely surprised.
  • His caustic and satirical humour expressed itself in a style that astounded government departments.
  • When the bound papyrus pages of this lost gospel finally reached scholars who could unlock its meaning, they were astounded.
  • So he decided to take a closer look, and what he found astounded him.
  • They were astounded by the correlation between geology and biology.
British Dictionary definitions for astounded


(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 astounded



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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