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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At a time of wall-building, Arnade scales some and finds hope amid tremendous pain. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "In Dignity, Chris Arnade Finds Faith amid Harsh Lives," 10 June 2019 From there, Birch showed tremendous value to the Magic. Roy Parry,, "Magic center Khem Birch raised his game in 2018-19," 9 June 2019 Cox is recognized by the company as a notable team player at MTSIR and has set the benchmark extremely high for a tremendous work ethic, outstanding communications and dedication to her profession. Houston Chronicle, "Naseeka Cox named Employee of the Year by local firm," 9 June 2019 Though the transfer is a tremendous sum — enough to buy much of the National Hockey League — the issue of the dividend is what has been the chief cause of the ongoing delay in passing the state’s operating budget. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska lawmakers advance compromise budget for final shutdown-averting votes," 9 June 2019 The establishment of a transitional government is a tremendous exercise in institutional and (interim) constitutional design. Adem K Abebe, Quartz Africa, "In Sudan, the African Union reminds us it still has a key role in tackling the continent’s crises," 7 June 2019 My new friends took me on a journey through which I was reminded of the beauty of my birthplace, as well as the tremendous resilience, strength, and perseverance of my people. Mai Pham, Orange County Register, "First Person: A Vietnamese American writer finds her identity," 6 June 2019 Besides the money, a huge draw for contestants competing on MasterChef is the tremendous exposure. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's What 'MasterChef Junior' Winner Che Spiotta Actually Gets for Winning the 2019 Competition," 6 June 2019 In honor of D-Day's anniversary, wants to salute the tremendous military contributions and sacrifices so many have made by offering free access today through June 9th to their collection of more than 320 million global military records. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, " Is Offering Free Access to 320 Million Military Records through Sunday in Honor of 75th Anniversary of D-Day," 6 June 2019

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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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