Definition of tremendous in US English:

tremendous

adjective

  • 1Very great in amount, scale, or intensity.

    ‘Penny put in a tremendous amount of time’
    ‘there was a tremendous explosion’
    • ‘The cat can, as you've been experiencing in your country, cause a tremendous amount of damage.’
    • ‘We have tremendous respect for their work and they would be excellent allies and strong performers on the Cabinet.’
    • ‘There has been tremendous concern about consumer interests and how they are affected by the genetics revolution.’
    • ‘This in itself inspired a tremendous growth in investigative journalism.’
    • ‘That was pleasing, but just being part of a magnificent day brought a tremendous sense of pride and good feeling.’
    • ‘Not once did she make a sound indicating tremendous physical exertion.’
    • ‘The staff, many of whom know them well, make a tremendous fuss which is lovely to see.’
    • ‘I've met a lot of other people who like it, but I've also heard a tremendous amount of banter about people who don't.’
    • ‘It's a tremendous inspiration when you see these guys every morning.’
    • ‘Personally Mike combined intellectual brilliance with tremendous charm and wit.’
    • ‘The pair were inside the bungalow in Sladbury's Lane, Clacton, when there was a tremendous crack and the sky lit up.’
    • ‘Dominating the local coastline, no one could fail to be impressed by this tremendous Norman fortress.’
    • ‘They achieved a tremendous amount in the run-up to devolution and since 1999.’
    • ‘This fella is a fantastic athlete who has tremendous power and exceptional skills and movement.’
    • ‘Among his many talents were a tremendous creative range, gifted musicianship and a savage wit.’
    • ‘I am suffering from major overload of a tremendous amount of food right now.’
    • ‘There was tremendous enthusiasm among radicals everywhere for the new Paris Commune form of government.’
    • ‘The helicopter would display their logo providing a tremendous amount of publicity across a vast area.’
    • ‘Also, being thanked for doing a good job brings tremendous satisfaction.’
    • ‘It can make us rude, abrupt and impatient, but it can also inspire us to tremendous courage, bravery and leadership.’
    very great, huge, enormous, immense, colossal, massive, prodigious, stupendous, monumental, mammoth, vast, gigantic, giant, mighty, epic, monstrous, titanic, cosmic, towering, king-sized, king-size, gargantuan, herculean, brobdingnagian
    very loud, deafening, ear-splitting, ear-piercing, booming, thundering, thunderous, roaring, resounding, crashing
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    1. 1.1informal Extremely good or impressive; excellent.
      ‘the crew did a tremendous job’
      • ‘Just to play in the Open would have been amazing, but to play in front of such a phenomenal crowd was tremendous.’
      • ‘The weather was fantastic and full use was made of the tremendous facilities at the popular holiday venue.’
      • ‘We went up in one of those and it was tremendous, a marvellous little airship.’
      • ‘He passed the ball accurately and made some tremendous inspirational runs down the left.’
      • ‘Seeing so many York fans at London was absolutely fantastic and underlines how tremendous they have been all season.’
      • ‘Not only is road grip tremendous and cornering balance superb, but the steering is precision at its best.’
      • ‘The teachers did a tremendous job, many of them going above and beyond the call of duty.’
      • ‘I've had a tremendous time there and made some terrific friends on and off the pitch and it's sad to be leaving them behind.’
      • ‘I can imagine she is doing a tremendous job in what must be indescribable circumstances.’
      • ‘To finish third and qualify for the Champions League was tremendous.’
      • ‘To be fair to the players, they have done a tremendous job, but the job isn't complete and I get the feeling that one or two of them think it is.’
      • ‘But it is wonderful to recognise the tremendous spirit of others in helping the family through their grief.’
      • ‘Her prognosis was originally extremely poor, but fortunately she has made tremendous progress over the years.’
      • ‘The champion put on a tremendous display but could not floor the American, who previously held the IBF title.’
      • ‘Saturday's Super League Grand Final against Bradford will be a tremendous occasion.’
      • ‘It was a tremendous turn-out and a lovely community atmosphere, with everybody joining in.’
      • ‘Any turmoil in my life has served as nothing but tremendous inspiration for my music.’
      • ‘The National Health Service in York does a tremendous job for many people.’
      • ‘The response to our redesign and relaunch has been tremendous, and is inspiring us to keep improving the paper.’
      • ‘We are trying to support the tremendous quality job that they are doing.’
      excellent, wonderful, marvellous, magnificent, superb, splendid, glorious, sublime, lovely, delightful, first-class, first-rate, outstanding
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin tremendus (gerundive of tremere ‘tremble’) + -ous.

Pronunciation

tremendous

/trəˈmɛndəs//trəˈmendəs/