as·​tound·​ing | \ə-ˈstau̇n-diŋ \

Definition of astounding 

: causing astonishment or amazement an astounding revelation

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Other Words from astounding

astoundingly \ -​diŋ-​lē \ 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

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But those shots in the house of Michael and Michelle are pretty astounding. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The folks behind Ant-Man and the Wasp on why Marvel doesn’t always have to save the world," 5 July 2018 Nothing is more astounding than the boa constrictors at the Bronx Zoo. Ernest Slyman, New York Times, "Bronx Zoo," 21 June 2018 Unless Mueller has evidence so astounding even Sean Hannity draws a breath, the special counsel probe could also be a political winner for Trump. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Is the World Done With Liberal Democracy?," 1 June 2018 The amount of food consumed at the Derby is pretty astounding. Logan Sykes, Town & Country, "18 Kentucky Derby Facts That Will Surprise You," 17 Apr. 2018 Something quite astounding has happened in West Seattle these last two months. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "In West Seattle, more than 500 people saved a historical bungalow and its coffee shop," 22 Mar. 2018 Which makes Booker’s production all the more astounding. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Devin Booker scores 30 but gets little help as Thunder rout Suns," 8 Mar. 2018 The bank’s balance sheet has swollen to an astounding 43% of GDP, compared to roughly 23% of GDP for the U.S. Federal Reserve. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Mario Draghi Has Done Enough," 14 June 2018 Of the two evenings of varied repertory that the pianist Andras Schiff presented at Carnegie Hall this week, the first, on Tuesday, was mightily impressive; the second, on Thursday, was nothing short of astounding. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "Review: A Pianist’s Seamless Flow, Nothing Short of Astounding," 6 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of astounding

: causing a feeling of great surprise or wonder

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