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 Dictionary entry overview: What does astonish mean? 

  The verb ASTONISH has 1 sense:

1. affect with wonder

  Familiarity information: ASTONISH used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1astonish [BACK TO TOP]


Affect with wonder

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting


amaze; astonish; astound

Context example:

Your ability to speak six languages amazes me!

Hypernyms (to "astonish" is one way to...):

surprise (cause to be surprised)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "astonish"):

dazzle (amaze or bewilder, as with brilliant wit or intellect or skill)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

The good news will astonish her
The performance is likely to astonish Sue

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