[ uh-stound ]
/ əˈstaʊnd /

verb (used with object)

to overwhelm with amazement; astonish greatly; shock with wonder or surprise.


Archaic. astonished; astounded.

Origin of astound

1275–1325; Middle English astoun(e)d, past participle of astonen, variant of astonyen to astonish

Related forms

as·tound·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for astound


/ (əˈstaʊnd) /


(tr) to overwhelm with amazement and wonder; bewilder

Word Origin for astound

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