• (RP) IPA: /əˈstɒnɪʃ/
  • (GA) IPA: /əˈstɑnɪʃ/

astonish (astonishes, present participle astonishing; past and past participle astonished)

  1. To surprise greatly.
    • 1813, Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice:
      "I have no right to give my opinion," said Wickham, "as to his being agreeable or otherwise. I am not qualified to form one. I have known him too long and too well to be a fair judge. It is impossible for me to be impartial. But I believe your opinion of him would in general astonish — and perhaps you would not express it quite so strongly anywhere else. Here you are in your own family."
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