Definition of astonish in US English:

astonish

verb

[with object]
  • Surprise or impress (someone) greatly.

    ‘you never fail to astonish me’
    with object and clause ‘it astonished her that Mrs. Browning could seem so anxious’
    • ‘Ann rather astonished me by saying how she wouldn't mind a plate of egg and chips prior to leaving for the dinner.’
    • ‘Next day I was astonished to see Jackson coming out of the George Hotel.’
    • ‘I am astonished at the number of people who don't wear hats or bother with suncream.’
    • ‘It is astonishing to see the notebook that Darwin had in his pocket as he walked around the Galapagos.’
    • ‘The results were startling as astonished friends saw him ride a bicycle for the first time in two years.’
    • ‘I am astonished there is anything left of the structure given the stresses it must by under.’
    • ‘That such a complicated technological product could sell for so little, astonishes some of the people quoted in the article, and it certainly also astonishes me.’
    • ‘The scene that met my eyes was astonishing.’
    • ‘Since I left, one of the things which astonishes me is the change in attitudes.’
    • ‘There he is astonished to see a lion and a lamb in the same enclosure.’
    • ‘I haven't played tennis since I was a teenager, and I was astonished at the changes in the game.’
    • ‘It astonishes me how easily and often we're dismissed as racists, particularly in intellectual circles.’
    • ‘It still astonishes me that financial markets are animated by such boyish, combative drives.’
    • ‘You are astonished to discover the man can do cartwheels, handstands and back flips.’
    • ‘We were astonished at how well preserved the castle was inside, in comparison to our first view from outside.’
    • ‘As I read the article, I was astonished by what a misfit of a school it seemed to be.’
    • ‘Regardless of any other opinion on the matter, it astonishes me that the European Union has managed to get this far without a constitution.’
    • ‘Elaine, who now lives in London, said that she was astonished to get the part.’
    • ‘It has never failed to astonish me how we pale-faced Scots continue to swallow the propaganda that down here in deepest England the weather is somehow better.’
    • ‘What astonishes me, looking back, is that we not only swallowed all the garbage we were fed, as we visited one commune, one factory after another; we positively lapped it up.’
    • ‘It came as no surprise to me, and probably will not astonish anyone else, that today I felt the after-effects of yesterday's long drive to and from Nottingham.’
    • ‘What astonishes the contemporary reader is that a genuine, independent intellectual like Galbraith was permitted to serve in government, let alone become the confidant of presidents.’
    • ‘The atmosphere of the cocktail circuit has changed recently, and it astonishes me.’
    amaze, astound, stagger, surprise, startle, stun, confound, dumbfound, stupefy, daze, nonplus
    amazed, filled with astonishment, filled with amazement, astounded, staggered, surprised, startled, stunned, thunderstruck, aghast, taken aback, confounded, dumbfounded, stupefied, dazed, nonplussed, dumbstruck, open-mouthed, agape, lost for words, wide-eyed, awed, filled with awe, filled with wonder, awestruck, wonderstruck
    amazing, astounding, staggering, shocking, surprising, breathtaking, striking, impressive, bewildering, stunning, stupefying
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Origin

Early 16th century (as astonished, in the sense ‘stunned, bewildered, dismayed’): from obsolete astone ‘stun, stupefy’, from Old French estoner, based on Latin ex- ‘out’ + tonare ‘to thunder’.

Pronunciation

astonish

/əˈstɑnɪʃ//əˈstäniSH/