tre·​men·​dous | \ tri-ˈmen-dəs \

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

tremendously adverb
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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Many people — many Saudis — would say that Saudi Arabia in 60 years made tremendous progress. Alex Ward, Vox, "Why the US won’t break up with Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi’s murder," 20 Nov. 2018 Nearly 73,000 Americans remain missing in action from World War II, including 943 from Connecticut, although DNA has allowed the DPAA to make tremendous progress in identifying remains found at battle sites around the world. David Owens,, "74 Years Later, Connecticut Airman Shot Down Over France In WW II To Get Proper Burial," 7 July 2018 Beautiful Boy looks tremendous, and a terrific follow-up for the young actor's incredible 2017 one-two punch of Lady Bird and Call Me by Your Name. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "The Beautiful Boy Trailer Proves Timothée Chalamet's Reign Has Just Begun," 27 June 2018 Favorite: Gobert Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon, Houston: Last season's Sixth Man of the Year, Gordon was again tremendous for the Rockets off the bench, improving his scoring to 18 points per game and upping his field goal percentage to 42.8. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "Who are the finalists, favorites for Monday night's NBA Awards?," 25 June 2018 A few years later, the studios stood by baffled as big-budget spectacles failed, while Dennis Hopper enjoyed tremendous success with younger viewers via the strange, low-budget Easy Rider. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "Netflix’s Orson Welles revival is strange, fascinating, and frustrating," 1 Nov. 2018 But given the tremendous success of games like Fortnite has companies looking to make streaming a priority. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Microsoft's Working on an Xbox That Only Streams Games," 24 July 2018 Renting out an extra room and turning that into a business, against all odds, led Airbnb’s founders to tremendous success. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "The Airbnb Challenger You've Never Heard of (by Name)," 2 July 2018 What’s most surprising about the tremendous success of the 8086, though, is how little people expected of it when it was first conceived. Benj Edwards, PCWorld, "Birth of a standard: The Intel 8086 microprocessor turns 40 today," 8 June 2018

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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 \

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.

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