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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Miranda July is an artist who has been a source of tremendous inspiration for me for some time. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Jan. 2022 One minute later an explosion was heard followed by a tremendous double explosion 10 seconds later. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 5 Jan. 2022 President Biden has had a tremendous opportunity to shape the central bank, which is grappling with the highest inflation in nearly 40 years, and decisions over when to raise interest rates in response. Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2022 Then off of the field, getting to know Myles just the last couple years is just a tremendous person. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 5 Jan. 2022 Training machine-learning models to flag defects in products during manufacturing or predict when customers will jump to a competitor requires tremendous amounts of high-quality data. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 4 Jan. 2022 There’s been tremendous social, economic, and political pressure to go back to normal. Helen Branswell, STAT, 4 Jan. 2022 Even the most self-aware characters take their notions about family members, friends, and partners too far, attaching tremendous significance to slight gestures, weaving entire narratives around single glances and accidental smirks. Alejandro Chacoff, The New Yorker, 3 Jan. 2022 That’s a System-on-Chip (SoC) that can deliver tremendous power without overheating. Chris Smith, BGR, 14 Dec. 2021

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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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9 Jan 2022

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“Tremendous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of tremendous

: very large or great
: very good or excellent : wonderful


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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