astound
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English astoned, from past participle of astonen Date: 14th century archaic overwhelmed with astonishment or amazement ; astounded II. transitive verb Date: 1603 to fill with bewilderment or wonder Synonyms: see surprise

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  • Astound — As*tound , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Astounded}, [Obs.] {Astound}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Astounding}.] [See {Astound}, a.] 1. To stun; to stupefy. [1913 Webster] No puissant stroke his senses once astound. Fairfax. [1913 Webster] 2. To astonish; to strike… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Astound — As*tound , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Astounded}, [Obs.] {Astound}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Astounding}.] [See {Astound}, a.] 1. To stun; to stupefy. [1913 Webster] No puissant stroke his senses once astound. Fairfax. [1913 Webster] 2. To astonish; to strike… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Astound — As*tound , a. [OE. astouned, astound, astoned, p. p. of astone. See {Astone}.] Stunned; astounded; astonished. [Archaic] Spenser. [1913 Webster] Thus Ellen, dizzy and astound. As sudden ruin yawned around. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • astound — index confound, discommode, discompose, disconcert, impress (affect deeply) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • astound — (v.) mid 15c., from M.E. astouned, astoned (c.1300), pp. of astonen, astonien to stun (see ASTONISH (Cf. astonish)), with more of the original sense of V.L. *extonare. Related: Astounded; astounding …   Etymology dictionary

  • astound — *surprise, astonish, amaze, flabbergast Analogous words: dumbfound, confound, nonplus, bewilder (see PUZZLE): startle, affright, alarm, terrify (see FRIGHTEN) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • astound — [v] amaze astonish, bewilder, blow away, bowl over*, confound, confuse, daze, dumbfound, flabbergast, knock over with feather*, overwhelm, shock, stagger, startle, stun, stupefy, surprise, take aback; concept 42 Ant. bore, dull …   New thesaurus

  • astound — ► VERB ▪ shock or greatly surprise. DERIVATIVES astounded adjective astounding adjective. ORIGIN related to ASTONISH(Cf. ↑astonishment) …   English terms dictionary

  • astound — [ə stound′] vt. [< ME astouned, astoned, pp. of astonien, ASTONISH] to bewilder with sudden surprise; astonish greatly; amaze adj. Old Poet. amazed; astonished SYN. SURPRISE astounding adj. astoundingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • astound — [17] Astound, astonish, and stun all come ultimately from the same origin: a Vulgar Latin verb *extonāre, which literally meant something like ‘leave someone thunderstruck’ (it was formed from the Latin verb tonāre ‘thunder’). This became Old… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • astound */ — UK [əˈstaʊnd] / US verb [transitive] Word forms astound : present tense I/you/we/they astound he/she/it astounds present participle astounding past tense astounded past participle astounded to surprise or shock someone very much …   English dictionary

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