Definition of astonish
- He was too astonished to speak
- They were astonished by the vastness and majesty of the cathedral.
- In retrospect, it astonishes me that we avoided a major quarrel for so long.
- —Christopher Hitchens
Despite the hype, there was nothing in the book to astonish readers.
The garden's beauty never fails to astonish.
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knock for a loop, take aback, take by surprise;
: to cause a feeling of great wonder or surprise in (someone)
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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