Definition of astronomical in English:

astronomical

Line breaks: astro|nom¦ic¦al
Pronunciation: /astrəˈnɒmɪk(ə)l
 
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adjective

  • 2 informal (Of an amount) extremely large: he wanted an astronomical fee
    More example sentences
    • It is spending astronomical amounts of money, alienating allies and further antagonizing opponents.
    • If you add all the money raised for cancer research each year, you will have an astronomical amount.
    • Even some of the more hardened observers are stunned by the astronomical amounts of money that can be made.

Derivatives

astronomic

adjective
sense 2.
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  • The most expensive city centre apartments sell for between £1m- £2m each - allowing developers to pay astronomic land prices.
  • But now there are fears that the astronomic cost of property will force away young or first-time buyers.
  • How can young people, burdened with student debt and the astronomic cost of property, put aside 15 per cent of their income as the experts advise?

astronomically

adverb
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  • Well, astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.
  • Food was scarce and astronomically expensive.
  • Residents of these neighbourhoods, where poverty and unemployment is astronomically high, complain of frequent and arbitrary police violence.

Origin

mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek astronomikos, from astronomia (see astronomy).

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