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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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  • In the architecture and embellishments of the chamber, the evident design had been to dazzle and astound.

  • I struck my repeater, and this seemed to astound her greatly.

    Carmen Prosper Merimee
  • I really believe it will come so quickly, after it once gets a good start, that it will astound us.

    Philip Dru: Administrator Edward Mandell House
  • A series of boxes on the ears from Boddy began to astound and transform me.

  • In the most unpromising inkwell it will catch deep sea monsters that astound you.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • He was ever ready to astound and charm his listeners by describing his methods.

    Sixes and Sevens O. Henry
  • My dear Monsieur Malicorne, you astound, you positively bewilder me.

    Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • It will astound you like Schopenhauer, the same profundity and lucidity.

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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