Astonish

  • 1 Astonish — As*ton ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Astonished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Astonishing}.] [OE. astonien, astunian, astonen, OF. estoner, F. [ e]tonner, fr. L. ex out + tonare to thunder, but perhaps influenced by E. stun. See {Thunder}, {Astound}, {Astony}.] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 astonish — index confound, confuse (bewilder), overcome (overwhelm), overwhelm Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 astonish — c.1300, astonien, from O.Fr. estoner to stun, daze, deafen, astound, from V.L. *extonare, from L. ex out + tonare to thunder (see THUNDER (Cf. thunder)); so, lit. to leave someone thunderstruck. The modern form (influenced by English verbs in ish …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 astonish — *surprise, astound, amaze, flabbergast Analogous words: nonplus, dumbfound, bewilder, confound (see PUZZLE): impress, strike, touch, *affect …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 astonish — [v] surprise amaze, astound, bewilder, blow away*, blow one’s mind*, boggle, bowl over*, confound, daze, dumbfound, flabbergast, floor*, knock over*, overwhelm, put one away*, shock, spring on, stagger, startle, stun, stupefy, take aback, throw a …

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  • 6 astonish — ► VERB ▪ surprise or impress greatly. DERIVATIVES astonished adjective astonishing adjective astonishment noun. ORIGIN Old French estoner «stun, stupefy», from Latin tonare to thunder …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 astonish — [ə stän′ish] vt. [altered < ME astonien < OFr estoner < VL * extonare (for L attonare) < ex , intens. + tonare, to THUNDER] to fill with sudden wonder or great surprise; amaze SYN. SURPRISE astonishing adj. astonishingly adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 astonish */ — UK [əˈstɒnɪʃ] / US [əˈstɑnɪʃ] verb [transitive] Word forms astonish : present tense I/you/we/they astonish he/she/it astonishes present participle astonishing past tense astonished past participle astonished to surprise someone very much Beth… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 astonish — See amaze. See amaze, astonish, surprise …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 10 astonish — v. 1) to astonishgreatly, very much 2) (R) it astonished me to learn that he was here; it astonished us that they were able to survive * * * [ə stɒnɪʃ] it astonished us that they were able to survive very much (R) it astonished me to learn that… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 astonish — as|ton|ish [əˈstɔnıʃ US əˈsta: ] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: astone to astonish (14 17 centuries) (from Old French estoner, from Vulgar Latin extonare, from Latin tonare to thunder ) + ish (as in abolish)] to surprise someone very much =… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 astonish — a|ston|ish [ ə stanıʃ ] verb transitive * to surprise someone very much: Beth astonished her by refusing to help. astonish that: It always astonished him that his children did not feel closer to their grandfather …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 astonish — [[t]əstɒ̱nɪʃ[/t]] astonishes, astonishing, astonished VERB If something or someone astonishes you, they surprise you very much. [V n] My news will astonish you... [V n] Her dedication constantly astonishes me …

    English dictionary

  • 14 astonish — transitive verb Etymology: probably from earlier astony (from Middle English astonen, astonien, from Anglo French estoner to stun, from Vulgar Latin *extonare, from Latin ex + tonare to thunder) + ish (as in abolish) more at thunder Date: circa… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 astonish — astonishedly, adv. astonisher, n. /euh ston ish/, v.t. to fill with sudden and overpowering surprise or wonder; amaze: Her easy humor and keen intellect astonished me. [1525 35; ME astonyen, astonen, prob. < dial. OF *astoner, OF estoner < VL… …

    Universalium

  • 16 astonish — verb surprise, flabbergast See Also: astound, astounding …

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  • 17 astonish — Synonyms and related words: affright, alarm, amaze, ambush, astound, awe, awestrike, bedaze, bedazzle, bewilder, boggle, bowl down, bowl over, bushwhack, catch off guard, catch unawares, come from behind, come upon unexpectedly, confound, daze,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 astonish — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. surprise, amaze, astound. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. surprise, shock, amaze, astound; see surprise 1 . See Synonym Study at surprise . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. amaze, surprise, astound, shock …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 astonish — 01. We were totally [astonished] when my brother showed up at the wedding; we had understood that he wouldn t be able to make it. 02. The children stared in [astonishment] as the magician pulled the rabbit out of his sleeve. 03. There is an… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 20 astonish — as·ton·ish || É™ stÉ’nɪʃ v. surprise, amaze …

    English contemporary dictionary


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