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enormous

Syllabification: e·nor·mous
Pronunciation: /iˈnôrməs
 
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Definition of enormous in English:

adjective

Very large in size, quantity, or extent: her enormous blue eyes the possibilities are enormous
More example sentences
  • Children have been able to get a real feel for the enormous size of some of the creatures that live in the sea.
  • It is costing an enormous amount of money to clean it up, which could be used on other things.
  • We did manage to get an enormous amount of work done.
Synonyms

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin enormis 'unusual, huge' (see enormity) + -ous.

Derivatives

enormousness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • The shark battled for 40 minutes before the angler saw its enormousness.
  • I'm Margaret… thinking, like you, about the enormousness of the task…
  • She hadn't realized the enormousness of her responsibility.

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