WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
as•ton•ish /əˈstɑnɪʃ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to fill with sudden wonder;
    amaze:The sudden victory astonished everybody.
    astonish is a verb, astonished and astonishing are adjectives, astonishment is a noun:The tricks astonished the kids. The astonished onlookers gasped in amazement. The astonishing tricks entertained us for quite a while. You could see the look of astonishment on their faces.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
as•ton•ish  (ə stonish),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to fill with sudden and overpowering surprise or wonder;
    amaze:Her easy humor and keen intellect astonished me.
as•tonished•ly, adv. 
as•tonish•er, n. 
  • dialect, dialectal Old French
  • Vulgar Latin *extonāre, for Latin attonāre to strike with lightning, equivalent. to ex- ex-1, at- at- + tonāre to thunder; extended by -ish2, perh. reflecting Anglo-French *astonir
  • dialect, dialectal Old French *astoner, Old French estoner
  • Middle English astonyen, astonen, probably 1525–35
    astound, startle, shock. See  surprise. 

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astonish /əˈstɒnɪʃ/ vb
  1. (transitive) to fill with amazement; surprise greatly
Etymology: 15th Century: from earlier astonyen (see astonied), from Old French estoner, from Vulgar Latin extonāre (unattested) to strike with thunder, from Latin tonāre to thunder

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