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verb (used with object)
  1. to overwhelm with amazement; astonish greatly; shock with wonder or surprise.

  1. Archaic. astonished; astounded.

Origin of astound

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English astoun(e)d, past participle of astonen, variant of astonyen “to thunder.” See astonish

synonym study For astound

1. See surprise.

Other words from astound

  • as·tound·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for astound


/ (əˈstaʊnd) /

  1. (tr) to overwhelm with amazement and wonder; bewilder

Origin of astound

C17: from astoned amazed, from Old French estoné, from estoner to astonish

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