astound

verb
as·tound | \ ə-ˈstau̇nd \
astounded; astounding; astounds

Definition of astound 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fill with bewilderment or wonder The unusual surgical techniques illustrated … will astound even the most bemused readers. —Alan T. Marty

astound

adjective

Definition of astound (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic

: overwhelmed with astonishment or amazement : astounded

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Verb

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

Examples of astound in a Sentence

Verb

The magician will astound you with his latest tricks. What astounds me is that they never apologized.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The fact that some member states believe that condemning Hamas does not even deserve a vote is astounding. Ben Evansky, Fox News, "After vote fails to condemn Hamas, Haley calls UN an unserious force for Middle East peace," 13 June 2018 There is much about the memorial and museum that astounds and horrifies. Linda Matchan, BostonGlobe.com, "A sculpture’s trans-Atlantic passage from Ghana to Alabama," 31 May 2018 One of the hard parts about this history, is that something astounding happened in this region before the Civil War, and then something very terrible happened as well. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Unheralded Pioneers of 19th-Century America Were Free African-American Families," 19 June 2018 The singer Le’Andria Johnson appears three times, in different circumstances with a new look — her voice ever astounding. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Arthur Jafa’s Profound Meditations on Black America," 17 May 2018 This week, at the Code Media conference near Los Angeles, Peter Rice, the president of Fox, said people shouldn’t be astounded by the size of the Netflix programming budget. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Streaming Wars takes another from broadcast TV," 17 Feb. 2018 The unbelievably spectacular tomb of Queen Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens will simply astound you. Jim Berkeley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Egypt," 5 Oct. 2016 Her recent recording of Tchaikovsky’s played-to-death Violin Concerto with Currentzis has astounded — and in some circles, horrified — listeners for being over-the-top transgressive. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "The one and only Patricia Kopatchinskaja comes to the Ojai Music Festival," 31 May 2018 What started as an average season for St. Viator has turned into an astounding one. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "St. Viator advances to Class 2A girls soccer state semifinals," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of astound

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for astound

Verb

see astound entry 2

Adjective

Middle English astoned, from past participle of astonen — see astonish

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The first known use of astound was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for astound

astound

verb

English Language Learners Definition of astound

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

astound

verb
as·tound | \ ə-ˈstau̇nd \
astounded; astounding

Kids Definition of astound

: to fill with puzzled wonder The magician will astound you.

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