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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In recent weeks, Trump bowed to tremendous political pressure and issued an executive order ending his administration's practice of separating migrant children from their parents when families cross the border with Mexico illegally. Jesse J. Holland And Russell Contreras,, "Trump draws fierce criticism for saying immigration is 'changing the culture' of Europe for worse," 14 July 2018 McKinney believes English has a tremendous pain tolerance level. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Sean English to receive Courage Award at Detroit Free Press Sports Awards," 18 May 2018 Of course, signing Ronaldo is a tremendous opportunity, too. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Ronaldo Leaves Real Madrid to Join Juventus," 10 July 2018 The Oregon State Beavers football program entered the weekend with three in-state commitments, but a tremendous opportunity to add out-of-state talent. Andrew Nemec,, "Trevon Clark, JC WR, commits to Oregon State Beavers," 10 June 2018 King was, of course, the home of James Brown & His Famous Flames and that had a tremendous impact on just about everybody. Chris Varias,, "After ZZ Top plays Riverbend, you might spot them at Skyline or Empress," 7 June 2018 These people, many of whom have resided here for years, have added tremendous economic and cultural value to our country. Rob Katz, Outside Online, "Op-Ed: Ski Resorts Rely on Smart Immigration Reform," 31 May 2018 There is a tremendous ethic of serving and caring for others. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "The story behind potential Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s little-known Catholic group, People of Praise," 6 July 2018 This Week in Wrestling... Mark Cuban sees a tremendous opportunity to use NJPW to grow his AXS TV network. Justin Barrasso,, "The Week in Wrestling: AXS TV’s Mark Cuban Hopes for More Live NJPW Specials," 5 July 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.

Other Words from tremendous

tremendously adverb

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