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 \ -​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

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What ancient civilization managed to become so well established yet remain hidden from the rest of the world for such an astounding length of time? Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Found: A Field of Termite Mounds You Can See From Space," 19 Nov. 2018 The resolution is astounding The star of the show, though, is the new Reverb headset and its resolution per eye. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "HP's high-res Reverb VR headset blows the screen door effect off its hinges," 19 Mar. 2019 The winner has an astounding 22 awards total, while the actress who holds the title has 4, and the top movie has 11. Megan Stein, Country Living, "So, Who Has Won the Most Oscars Ever?," 24 Feb. 2019 Such campaigns have an astounding track record, sometimes winning concessions within days. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "2018’s big wins — and big losses — for animals," 24 Dec. 2018 Bradley Cooper’s ability as a director, actor and musician is astounding. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Every Time Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga Gushed About Each Other," 27 Feb. 2019 Balking at such a sum to hire Mr. Orcel is understandable, but only realizing the cost now is an astounding error. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Red Faces as Top Bankers Get Their Math Wrong," 16 Jan. 2019 The cast of Stranger Things have proven themselves capable of numerous astounding feats. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The “Stranger Things” Cast Wrapped Gifts for Fans in a Hilarious Netflix Video," 21 Dec. 2018 In New York City, the numbers are astounding—just five monuments honor women, while nearly 150 extol the accomplishments of men. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A New Initiative Is Bringing More Statues of Women to New York City," 10 Dec. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of astounding

: causing a feeling of great surprise or wonder

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