tre·​men·​dous | \ tri-ˈmen-dəs How to pronounce tremendous (audio) \

Definition of tremendous

1a : notable by reason of extreme size, power, greatness, or excellence tremendous problems a writer of tremendous talent often used as a generalized term of approval had a tremendous time
b : unusually large : huge a tremendous number of people
2 : being such as may excite trembling or arouse dread, awe, or terror

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Other Words from tremendous

tremendousness noun

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monstrous, prodigious, tremendous, stupendous mean extremely impressive. monstrous implies a departure from the normal (as in size, form, or character) and often carries suggestions of deformity, ugliness, or fabulousness. the monstrous waste of the project prodigious suggests a marvelousness exceeding belief, usually in something felt as going far beyond a previous maximum (as of goodness, greatness, intensity, or size). made a prodigious effort and rolled the stone aside tremendous may imply a power to terrify or inspire awe. the tremendous roar of the cataract stupendous implies a power to stun or astound, usually because of size, numbers, complexity, or greatness beyond description. a stupendous volcanic eruption

Examples of tremendous in a Sentence

He has a tremendous amount of energy. The engine's power is tremendous. She is a writer of tremendous talent. We had a tremendous time.
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And of course there's a tremendous amount of grief and sadness. NBC News, "Meet the Press - August 4, 2019," 4 Aug. 2019 The agency, which serves 2.2 million American Indian and Alaska Native people, already has tremendous difficulty attracting nurses and doctors to work in remote locations. Lydia Depillis, CNN, "What's behind the US government's massive spending on temp workers," 2 Aug. 2019 Ergen said the new architecture the network will be built on offers a tremendous amount of capacity. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Dish wireless — a result of T-Mobile, Sprint merger — could give metro Denver a second shot at telecom glory," 31 July 2019 The tremendous toll makes gun violence a huge public health problem. The Editors, Scientific American, "The U.S. Congress Has Started to Revive Gun Violence Research—and Must Follow Through," 30 July 2019 On command, the rods de-orbit and slam into targets at hypersonic speeds, using kinetic energy to do tremendous damage. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the Air Force's Secret X-37B Spaceplane," 30 July 2019 Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac add to the Magic's tremendous size. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Ranking the NBA East: Where do Indiana Pacers stack up for 2019-20 season? It's complicated," 29 July 2019 But the Texans’ campaigns pointed out that the FEC reports don’t reflect the small-dollar donors who have tremendous influence these days. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Are top Democratic presidential hopefuls cannibalizing O’Rourke and Castro’s Texas fundraising?," 26 July 2019 Anyone who’s familiar with the world of competitive cycling knows that, for some athletes, the sport is a means of escaping, or salving, or expiating, tremendous inner pain. Bill Gifford, Outside Online, "Jonathan Vaughters Goes Deep into Cycling’s Dirty Past," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of tremendous

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for tremendous

Latin tremendus, from gerundive of tremere

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English Language Learners Definition of tremendous

: very large or great
: very good or excellent


tre·​men·​dous | \ tri-ˈmen-dəs How to pronounce tremendous (audio) \

Kids Definition of tremendous

1 : astonishingly large, strong, or great The boy has a tremendous appetite.
2 : very good or excellent We had a tremendous time.

Other Words from tremendous

tremendously adverb

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