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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This is great news, but with his career over and no source of income currently, this has put a tremendous amount of financial strain on Kendrick and his family. Keven Lerner,, "Dolphins’ Kendrick Norton breaks silence following car crash, seeks financial help through GoFundMe," 9 July 2019 The tidal forces are tremendous, and because of the constant stretching, heat builds up in Io’s interior to the point of melting. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: Jupiter and its many moons put on a show this week," 7 July 2019 Of course, Facebook is also under tremendous regulatory scrutiny for its past privacy transgressions and monopolistic behavior, and the unfavorable response from international authorities has also thrown cold water on Facebook’s crypto plans. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Where will Facebook’s Libra be in six months?," 3 July 2019 This gives the governor a tremendous amount of power over the legislature. Kyle Sammin, National Review, "Oregon Democrats Outsource Their Duty to Drag Republicans Back to the Legislature," 28 June 2019 Kayvon Thibodeaux, defensive end Five-star recruits always arrive with a tremendous amount of hype and expectations and Kayvon Thibodeaux is no different., "Oregon MVP 10: Five-star freshman Kayvon Thibodeaux should be immediate difference-maker," 24 June 2019 In 1904, Andrei Bely was still very young, with golden curls, blue eyes, and a tremendous amount of charm. Sarah Vitali, Harper's magazine, "Kill Your Darlings," 10 May 2019 There was a tremendous amount of pressure on our guys to make plays. Doug Feinberg, The Seattle Times, "Dangerfield helps UConn beat UCLA 69-61 in Sweet 16," 29 Mar. 2019 For this reason, Vietnam’s garment industry is under tremendous cultural pressure, not just economic. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 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 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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