Simple Definition of astonish
: to cause a feeling of great wonder or surprise in (someone)
Full Definition of astonish
1 obsolete : to strike with sudden fear
2 : to strike with sudden and usually great wonder or surprise <was too astonished to speak>
Examples of astonish
Despite the hype, there was nothing in the book to astonish readers.
The garden's beauty never fails to astonish.
Origin 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
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