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adjective awe·some \ˈȯ-səm\
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of awesome

  1. 1a :  inspiring awe an awesome task/responsibility a place of awesome beautyb informal :  terrific, extraordinary had an awesome time at the concert

  2. 2 :  expressive of awe awesome tribute

awesomely

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awesomeness

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Examples of awesome in a Sentence

  1. the awesome sight of an erupting volcano

  2. It was an awesome responsibility.

  3. We had an awesome task ahead of us.

  4. We had an awesome time at the concert.

  5. You did an awesome job on that project.

  6. The movie was totally awesome.

Recent Examples of awesome from the Web

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Is the Word awesome Overused?

Many object to the use of awesome to describe something (such as a sandwich) that does not literally elicit feelings of awe. Yet the same people who insist that awesome should be used only of weighty subjects (Niagara Falls, man landing on the moon) will happily use the word awful in reference to something (such as a mess) that falls distinctly short of being “full of awe.” This weakened sense was once considered improper – in fact, complaints about it persisted through the early decades of the 20th century.

The change in meaning that awesome is undergoing may be more recent than that of awful, but both words are treading the same path. For evidence that such change is normal, we need look no further than awe, which originally meant “terror” and now carries the weaker sense “wonder.”

Origin and Etymology of awesome

see 1awe


Financial Definition of AWESOME

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What It Is

Awesomeness is a state of mind that can be reached by few people ever.

How It Works

You can tell when someone is being awesome by noticing that they do awesome things -- like saving the world, flying or rescuing kittens from trees.

Why It Matters

Because everyone needs more awesomeness. If we don't have enough awesomeness in our world, that would definitely not be awesome.


AWESOME Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of awesome for English Language Learners

  • : causing feelings of fear and wonder : causing feelings of awe

  • : extremely good


AWESOME Defined for Kids

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adjective awe·some \ˈȯ-səm\

Definition of awesome for Students

  1. 1 :  causing a feeling of respect, fear, and wonder an awesome view of the canyon He … tried not to think of the awesome task that lay ahead of him. — Louis Sachar, Holes

  2. 2 :  extremely good He made an awesome catch.



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