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 approvalhad 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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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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Furthermore, even a small car still takes a tremendous amount of energy and raw materials to manufacture. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "The real potential of the electric vehicle revolution," 17 Feb. 2020 That would be a tremendous sea change for all the racetracks, the major-league racetracks. ... Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "With horse safety in mind, Turfway deal signals renaissance for synthetic racetracks," 17 Feb. 2020 The move, which Equinor had initially resisted, is another illustration of the tremendous pressure building against the oil industry to act on climate change, including from a growing proportion of major investors. Mikael Holter,, "Equinor Boosts Climate Targets as Oil Output Hits Record," 6 Feb. 2020 This is a tremendous amount of firepower equalling that of a small country. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The 'Big Stick' Carrier Strike Group Is Packing Some Major Firepower," 4 Feb. 2020 Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been under tremendous pressure from the U.S. government - notably from President Donald Trump - to ban Huawei from building Britain's 5G communications network. Anchorage Daily News, "Resisting U.S. pressure, Britain will allow some Huawei equipment in 5G networks," 28 Jan. 2020 Goff threw over the middle for Robert Woods while under tremendous pressure. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Believe in 'Minkah Magic,' as Minkah Fitzpatrick has sparked Steelers' turnaround," 11 Nov. 2019 Shesterkin has been tremendous since joining New York Jan. 6, logging a 2.51 GAA and .927 SV% in four games. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Rangers odds, picks and best bets," 5 Feb. 2020 The incident was a tremendous shock to the Israeli establishment, resulting in a high-level commission chaired by then Supreme Court Justice Theodore Or. Jo-ann Mort, The New York Review of Books, "The Trump–Netanyahu Plan to Force Arab Population Transfer," 3 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of tremendous was in 1632

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22 Feb 2020

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“Tremendous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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