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astonish

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verb as·ton·ish \ə-ˈstä-nish\

Simple Definition of astonish

  • : to cause a feeling of great wonder or surprise in (someone)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of astonish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  to strike with sudden fear

  3. 2 :  to strike with sudden and usually great wonder or surprise <was too astonished to speak>

Examples of astonish in a sentence

  1. Despite the hype, there was nothing in the book to astonish readers.

  2. The garden's beauty never fails to astonish.



Origin and Etymology of astonish

probably from earlier astony (from Middle English astonen, astonien, from Anglo-French estoner to stun, from Vulgar Latin *extonare, from Latin ex- + tonare to thunder) + -ish (as in abolish) — more at thunder


First Known Use: circa 1534

Synonym Discussion of astonish

surprise, astonish, astound, amaze, flabbergast mean to impress forcibly through unexpectedness. surprise stresses causing an effect through being unexpected but not necessarily unusual or novel <surprised to find them at home>. astonish implies surprising so greatly as to seem incredible <a discovery that astonished the world>. astound stresses the shock of astonishment <too astounded to respond>. amaze suggests an effect of bewilderment <amazed by the immense size of the place>. flabbergast may suggest thorough astonishment and bewilderment or dismay <flabbergasted by his angry refusal>.

Rhymes with astonish


ASTONISH Defined for Kids

astonish

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verb as·ton·ish \ə-ˈstä-nish\

Definition of astonish for Students

astonished

astonishing

  1. :  to strike with sudden wonder or surprise <I was astonished to find a meteorite in my backyard.>





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