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 In that sense, the man is nothing short of astounding. Bruce Jenkins,, "On Kobe’s night at Chase Center, LeBron carries his legacy," 8 Feb. 2020 But moviegoers also rejected an astounding amount of what Hollywood served up. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Not Even ‘Star Wars’ Can Save This Year’s Box Office," 22 Dec. 2019 Despite the eagerness of writers like Sepinwall and Martin to paint showrunners as sovereign auteurs, their books document an astounding amount of network interference in the creative process. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 An elementary school with the most astounding student success rates in all of Florida sits in one of the state’s most unusual locations: a condominium clubhouse in Miramar. Scott Travis,, "Florida’s best-performing school teaches kids in a condo clubhouse," 26 Aug. 2019 Humans produce an astounding amount of plastic—nearly 400 million tons of the stuff in 2015, and production is expected to double by 2025. Matt Simon, WIRED, "You’ve Been Drinking Microplastics, But Don’t Worry—Yet," 21 Aug. 2019 The Man in Black (Ed Harris) unleashed an astounding amount of violence as well, gunning down five humans in cold blood, including his own daughter Emily (Katja Herbers), mistaking her for a host. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Westworld' Bloodbath Sets the Stage For a Deadly Finale," 17 June 2018 Americans still watch an absolutely astounding amount of traditional television. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "When Did TV Watching Peak?," 30 May 2018 But even more than other companies offering free services, Google collects astounding amounts of data about you and uses it to sell ads. David Pierce, WSJ, "How to Keep Google From Owning Your Online Life," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of astounding

1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for astounding

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The first known use of astounding was in 1590

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21 Feb 2020

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“Astounding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of astounding

: causing a feeling of great surprise or wonder

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