Definition of astound in English:



  • Shock or greatly surprise.

    ‘her bluntness astounded him’
    • ‘The subsequent response and quality of the entries astounded the organisers.’
    • ‘It always astounds me how much she does around here.’
    • ‘She astounds us all - we just look at her in absolute amazement.’
    • ‘What really astounds me is that our law enforcement agency shows so little respect for the law.’
    • ‘Sources last night said Sir Ronnie and his senior officers were left astounded, and angry, by the break-in.’
    • ‘The success of the tour genuinely astounds him.’
    • ‘It wouldn't be stretching the truth too much to say I was astounded.’
    • ‘Her capacity for stupidity has surprised her in the past, but now it astounds her.’
    • ‘Their influence over governments astounds me.’
    • ‘Some of them work enormously hard and, to be honest, how some can cope with full-time jobs and doing what they do astounds me.’
    • ‘I was astounded that people actually felt comfortable about printing stuff like that in public.’
    • ‘It still astounds me that anyone ever remembers that as a good moment for Democrats.’
    • ‘They astound the audience with their skill and technique in throwing the device around and manoeuvring it on the string.’
    • ‘It still astounds me to see the damage that can be done to kids.’
    • ‘At times, the generosity of people astounds me.’
    • ‘They wonder why the project doesn't work and it astounds me that they have to wonder that.’
    • ‘You know, I'm constantly astounded by how unprepared some people are for publicity.’
    • ‘The stupidity of this government and its inability to manage this country effectively and fairly astounds me.’
    • ‘Firefighters were called to the scene at 9.15 am and were astounded that the building had not gone up in flames.’
    • ‘What astounds me is not how much we love our country but the lack of bold admissions from others that they love their countries.’
    • ‘My son is not yet four, so the fact that he was able to process such things astounds me.’
    amaze, astonish, stagger, surprise, startle, stun, confound, dumbfound, stupefy, daze, nonplus
    throw, shake, unnerve, disconcert, discompose, bewilder
    take someone's breath away, take by surprise, take aback, shake up, stop someone in their tracks, strike dumb, leave open-mouthed, leave aghast, catch off balance
    flabbergast, floor, knock for six, knock someone sideways, knock out, knock the stuffing out of, bowl over, blow someone's mind, blow away
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Middle English (as an adjective in the sense ‘stunned’): from astoned, past participle of obsolete astone (see astonish).