as·​tound | \ ə-ˈstau̇nd How to pronounce astound (audio) \
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



Definition of astound (Entry 2 of 2)

: overwhelmed with astonishment or amazement : astounded

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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 vision that Mitch Jenkins brings to the film will astound audiences and the superb ensemble cast will delight genre fans! Manori Ravindran, Variety, 29 Apr. 2022 The expertise, scholarship and logistics behind every one of them would astound you even in ordinary times. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 Heath Ledger will astound forever, but what else is really left of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy? Darren Franich,, 28 Feb. 2022 The pusillanimity of American corporations on this subject continues to astound. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2021 Yet, Kendall warns that regardless of rising rates, bond yields likely will not astound. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 1 Feb. 2022 Somehow, Infinite proves that the Halo series still has the capacity to astound and surprise. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 6 Dec. 2021 In the first episode, a group of journalists gathers in that Tokyo park, where Sony executives astound them with what the world would soon know as the Walkman. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021 Go ahead and astound someone with your random act of kindness today. Womensmedia, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of astound


1592, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for astound

Adjective and Verb

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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12 May 2022

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“Astound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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as·​tound | \ ə-ˈstau̇nd How to pronounce astound (audio) \
astounded; astounding

Kids Definition of astound

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

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