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 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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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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20 Mar 2020

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“Astounding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of astounding

: causing a feeling of great surprise or wonder

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