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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astoundingly \ ə-​ˈstau̇n-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce astounding (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 fact, the most astounding part of the win was that the No. 12-seed OSU never really looked uncomfortable in discarding one of the tournament’s No. 5 seeds. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon State makes NCAA Tournament win look easy but we know otherwise, don’t we?," 20 Mar. 2021 The promises are astounding -- the ability to simulate complicated physical and chemical processes and crunch numbers quicker than any supercomputer. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "What is quantum computing and what could it mean for Cleveland?," 4 Apr. 2021 Other navigational tools are simultaneously more prosaic and more astounding. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Why Animals Don’t Get Lost," 29 Mar. 2021 Edmonton’s Connor McDavid is astounding, lightning quick off the hop and faster than a bullet train out of Tokyo when rolling down the track. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Speedy Kirill Kaprizov is anything but a flash in the pan," 6 Mar. 2021 Major League Baseball’s capacity and penchant for self-harm has always been astounding. New York Times, "Justice for the Negro Leagues Will Mean More Than Just Stats," 23 Mar. 2021 Not only is the technology absolutely astounding, look what that does the economics of space flight. Eli Amdur, Forbes, "Elon Musk: “TechnoKing Of Tesla”: Really? Really!," 18 Mar. 2021 The difference this has made to my hair is astounding. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "This $20 Denham Brush Transformed My Curls," 17 Mar. 2021 To pretty much sustain it over 30 years was equally astounding. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Rush Limbaugh’s Complicated Legacy," 18 Feb. 2021

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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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20 Apr 2021

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“Astounding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of astounding

: causing a feeling of great surprise or wonder

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