stag·ger·ing | \ˈsta-g(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of staggering 

: so great as to cause one to stagger : astonishing, overwhelming a staggering feat staggering medical bills

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staggeringly adverb

Examples of staggering in a Sentence

The storm caused a staggering amount of damage. the staggering scope of the new construction on campus

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Almost half of Mexico’s 72 million eligible voters are under the age of 39, and a staggering 14 million are voting for the first time. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Your Complete Guide to Mexico's 2018 Elections," 29 June 2018 The success of her cosmetics line was unprecedented, reportedly racking up a staggering $100 million in sales within 40 days. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Rihanna on Body Image, Turning 30, and Staying Real—No Matter What," 3 May 2018 Goût de Diamants, featuring a single white diamond in the center of its logo, debuted back in 2013 at a staggering $1.8 million and was reported as the world's most expensive champagne bottle by the New York Daily News. Rachel Swalin, ELLE Decor, "Jay Z's New Champagne From Ace Of Spades Will Cost A Whopping $850," 10 Apr. 2017 If a nerve agent is engineered to linger, then the scale the attack would be staggering. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Innovative project harnesses Legos and smartphones in the fight against invisible, deadly weapons," 13 July 2018 The number of detailed, varied, and stylish people walking around these streets, all animated in decidedly different ways and organically interacting with each other, was staggering. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Cyberpunk 2077 world premiere: 50 minutes of William Gibson-level insanity," 14 June 2018 The cost to taxpayers of caring for sick and aging inmates can be staggering. Jenifer Mckim,, "With aging prison population, Massachusetts looks to possible cost-saving, compassionate fix," 21 May 2018 On Southwest, a staggering 13.8% of passenger traffic was on Rapid Rewards tickets in 2017, up from 12.7%. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Top Frequent-Flier Programs for 2018," 16 May 2018 But what's also staggering — and talked about a lot less — is the steep cost of simply showing up as a guest., "This Is How Much Money Millennial Women Save To Attend Weddings," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of staggering

1565, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of staggering

: very large, shocking, or surprising

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