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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Last year, Garcetti was elected to a second term with an astounding 81 percent of the vote. Chanan Tigay, GQ, "Eric Garcetti Is the Anti-Trump, Pro–Star Wars Man We Need," 12 June 2018 If not for that game, Ierlan’s faceoff percentage would have been at an astounding 86 percent on the season. Marisa Ingemi,, "Yale Set To Take On Albany In Lacrosse Final Four," 25 May 2018 Stemerman, meanwhile, has no potential cash-flow problem, having loaned his campaign an astounding $10 million two weeks ago. Matthew Kauffman,, "Campaign Finance Reports Reveal A Battle Of Millionaires In Gubernatorial Race," 11 July 2018 Critics of Brexit found such admissions astounding and evidence of chaos and lack of leadership - two years after the referendum and eight months before Britain leaves the union. Author: William Booth, Karla Adam, Anchorage Daily News, "Theresa May's government in disarray after shock resignation by Brexit minister," 9 July 2018 By all accounts, James loves his defense, rebounding and astounding court vision. Bruce Jenkins,, "LeBron James’ Lakers may win someday, but not now," 7 July 2018 This person wasn’t like the cute queers Mirah had dated during our friendship, all of whom were already dating someone else, or emotionally unavailable, or not nearly astounding enough for her. New York Times, "This Is What Happens When Friends Fall in Love," 6 July 2018 Featuring an astounding 63 looks, the collection designed by creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli was enough to garner a standing ovation and bring Mr. Valentino himself, who sat front row, to tears. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Gowns At Valentino's Couture Show Will Take Your Breath Away," 5 July 2018 That leaves ample room already to note things such as that, when two teams walk out for the final in Moscow, Croatia could forge an astounding achievement for a country only 27 years old and with 4.2 million souls, or England . . Chuck Culpepper,, "World Cup final will include one of these teams: England, Croatia, Sweden, Russia. Really.," 4 July 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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