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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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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Recent Examples on the Web But even as New York continues to make tremendous progress on containing the outbreak, the virus has surged in states including Florida. Nicholas Rice,, "New York City Reports Day with Zero COVID-19 Deaths for First Time Since Pandemic Hit U.S.," 13 July 2020 Those non-conference football matchups are off now, of course, but from a revenue standpoint, the Pac-12 universities mentioned would have kicked off the season from a tremendous financial disadvantage. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: A doozy of dizzy developments for the Pac-12 Conference," 11 July 2020 But ending his company’s partnership with Detroit’s real-time crime surveillance program would be a tremendous start. Tawana Petty, Wired, "Defending Black Lives Means Banning Facial Recognition," 10 July 2020 Sneaking into the spotlight this week, though, is the big lake’s tremendous smallmouth bass fishing. cleveland, "Catfish, walleye limits to be liberalized: Northeast Ohio fishing report for Thursday, July 9," 9 July 2020 These women have exemplified tremendous courage and grit over the course of their lifetimes, fighting tirelessly to advance women's causes. USA Today, "USA TODAY’s Women of the Century judges panel," 8 July 2020 In a moment of tremendous political and social turmoil, Shoot for the Stars offers listeners catharsis. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Unfinished Business of a Young Rap Star," 7 July 2020 But there is a tremendous demand and then there is a wait time for that testing and to get the results back. CBS News, "Transcript: Sylvester Turner on "Face the Nation," July 5, 2020," 5 July 2020 Coach Clayton has a tremendous amount of energy, passion and enthusiasm for growing the sport of wrestling at Milford. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Milford hires retired Marine combat pilot, Naval Academy alum to lead wrestling program," 11 July 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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31 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tremendous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 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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