as·​ton·​ish·​ing | \ ə-ˈstä-ni-shiŋ How to pronounce astonishing (audio) \

Definition of astonishing

: causing a feeling of great surprise or wonder : surprising an astonishing discovery

Other Words from astonishing

astonishingly \ ə-​ˈstä-​ni-​shiŋ-​lē How to pronounce astonishing (audio) \ adverb

Examples of astonishing in a Sentence

He showed an astonishing lack of concern for others. The truck can hold an astonishing amount of stuff. She gave an astonishing performance in her first film.
Recent Examples on the Web Over the last 12 months, the economy has added 6.6 million jobs, an astonishing pace. CNN, 3 Mar. 2022 Over the next three decades, the Nduoms launched a series of their own businesses at an astonishing pace. Mariam Elba, ProPublica, 30 Dec. 2021 Bay Area health officials are bracing for a deluge of omicron cases in the coming weeks, or even days, as omicron spreads at an astonishing pace across the country. Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Dec. 2021 The speed of Getir’s deliveries, from a network of neighborhood warehouses, matches the astonishing pace of the company’s recent expansion. New York Times, 27 July 2021 Despite my aversion, the plant grew at an astonishing pace, spreading far past its plastic rim. E. Alex Jung, Vulture, 1 Mar. 2021 TrueResponse dynamic drivers is nothing short of astonishing. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 But every single one of them is capable of astonishing physical feats. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Apr. 2022 However the training problem is addressed in the years to come, GPT-3 and its peers have made one astonishing thing clear: The machines have acquired language. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of astonishing

1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for astonishing

see astonish

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The first known use of astonishing was in 1593

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22 May 2022

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“Astonishing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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