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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DAFs have been around for 30 years, but their growth in the past decade has been astounding. Theodore Schleifer, Vox, "Today’s “working robber barons” have used a tax break to create a $110 billion charity stockpile, called donor-advised funds. It isn’t getting any smaller.," 2 July 2019 Even considering all that, the difference in Marte this year is astounding. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Ketel Marte being one of baseball's best players this season is 'no mystery' to him," 25 June 2019 From the perspective of veteran activists, the progress has been astounding. Washington Post, "50 years after Stonewall, LGBT rights are a work in progress," 17 June 2019 The early returns on Fox’s ratings are astounding - the ratings for the first two days were up by 79 percent over 2011, and that was before the USWNT even took the field in Reims. Streaming is up 375 percent. Sally Jenkins, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. women’s soccer team is an American treasure. Pay them.," 12 June 2019 If Mecca were to up the ante and adopt a permanent plastic-free policy, the ripple-effect throughout the global Muslim community—about a quarter of the world’s population—would be astounding. Chandran Nair, Quartz, "Religious leaders can kickstart a global anti-plastic movement," 6 June 2019 But even those in Hollywood who believe A24 is overhyped — and there are plenty, perhaps nudged along by envy — concede that the studio has done an astounding job at building a brand. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "The Little Movie Studio That Could," 3 Mar. 2018 Both pairs were new to my wardrobe this fall, and the versatility factor is astounding—hello, knee-length winter skirts! Anny Choi, Vogue, "Vogue Staffers Pick the Best Shoes to Wear to Work This Winter," 25 Jan. 2019 The Beyond Meat brand, best known for the Beyond Burger, led that increase in sales with an astounding 70 percent growth rate. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "2018’s big wins — and big losses — for animals," 24 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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