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English definition of “awful”

awful

adjective [before noun] (VERY GREAT)    /ˈɔː.fəl/ US  /ˈɑː-/
B2 very great: I don't know an awful lot (= very much) about art, but I'm learning. Fortunately it won't make an awful lot of difference if I don't pass the test. It was an awful risk to take.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
(Definition of awful adjective (VERY GREAT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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