Meaning of “astonishing” in the English Dictionary

"astonishing" in British English

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astonishingadjective

uk /əˈstɒn.ɪ.ʃɪŋ/ us /əˈstɑː.nɪ.ʃɪŋ/

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.

More examples

  • Her writing shows astonishing depth.
  • His facility for languages is astonishing.
  • Ellen's familiarity with pop music is astonishing.
  • What other astonishing nuggets of wisdom do you have for us?
  • Old people often have astonishing powers of recall.
astonishingly
adverb uk /əˈstɒn.ɪ.ʃɪŋ.li/ us /əˈstɑː.nɪ.ʃɪŋ.li/

Astonishingly, I've never visited the British Museum in all the years I've lived here.
She did astonishingly well in her exams.

(Definition of “astonishing” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)