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English definition of “astonishing”

astonishing

adjective     /əˈstɒn.ɪ.ʃɪŋ/ US  /-ˈstɑː.nɪ-/
B2 very surprising: Her first novel enjoyed an astonishing success. [+ to infinitive] It's astonishing to think that only a few years ago he was a completely unknown actor.Surprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upset astonishingly     /-li/ adverb Astonishingly, I've never visited the British Museum in all the years I've lived here. She did astonishingly well in her exams.Surprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upset
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