Definition of “astonish” - English Dictionary

“astonish” in British English

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astonishverb [ T ]

uk /əˈstɒn.ɪʃ/ us /əˈstɑː.nɪʃ/

to surprise someone very much:

I was astonished by how much she'd grown.
What astonished me was that he didn't seem to mind.

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  • 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.

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

“astonish” in American English

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astonishverb [ T ]

us /əˈstɑn·ɪʃ/

to surprise someone very much:

We were astonished at how much she had aged.
It was astonishing to see the size of the crowds for the Pope.
astonishment
noun [ U ] us /əˈstɑn·ɪʃ·mənt/

To the astonishment of her colleagues, she turned down the award.

(Definition of “astonish” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)