astounding

adjective
as·​tound·​ing | \ ə-ˈstau̇n-diŋ How to pronounce astounding (audio) \

Definition of astounding

: causing astonishment or amazement an astounding revelation

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Other Words from astounding

astoundingly \ ə-​ˈstau̇n-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce astoundingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of astounding in a Sentence

He ate an astounding amount of food. the astounding sight of their cat returning home after having been missing for two years
Recent Examples on the Web The gains in quality of the best facial recognition technology in recent years have been astounding. New York Times, "How the Police Use Facial Recognition, and Where It Falls Short," 12 Jan. 2020 Attitudes are shifting rapidly as people see the astounding results for themselves. Steve West, sun-sentinel.com, "The grass is greener than you think | Opinion," 11 Oct. 2019 Chantal Akerman’s astounding, influential, three-hour-long 1975 arthouse classic, which was shot with an almost all-female crew, on the Criterion Channel. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "5 female-directed films to stream in September," 4 Sep. 2019 The effect has been astounding; last year the song was streamed 185 million times from early November through December. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Mariah Carey’s Christmas (Marketing) Miracle," 17 Dec. 2019 From Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Fela Kuti to James Brown, Bob Marley and Lauryn Hill (she was booed during her inaugural performance), the cavalcade of artists is astounding. Nick Charles, NBC News, "The Apollo: A national stage for a generation of black entertainers," 26 Nov. 2019 The catch, as the Google team acknowledges, is that the problem their machine solved with astounding speed was carefully chosen just for the purpose of demonstrating the quantum computer’s superiority. Wired, "Why I Coined the Term ‘Quantum Supremacy’," 6 Oct. 2019 The catch, as the Google team acknowledges, is that the problem their machine solved with astounding speed was carefully chosen just for the purpose of demonstrating the quantum computer’s superiority. Quanta Magazine, "Why I Called It ‘Quantum Supremacy’," 2 Oct. 2019 Indoctrination in North Korea Hasuike’s nightmare unfolded with astounding speed. Washington Post, "Kidnapped by North Korea in 1978, this Japanese man is telling his tale," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of astounding

1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for astounding

see astound entry 2

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The first known use of astounding was in 1590

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7 Feb 2020

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“Astounding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/astounding. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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astounding

adjective
How to pronounce astounding (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of astounding

: causing a feeling of great surprise or wonder

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