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formidableadjective

uk   /fɔːˈmɪ.də.bl̩/  us   /fɔːr-/
C2 causing you to have ​fear or ​respect for something or someone because that thing or ​person is ​large, ​powerful, or ​difficult: a formidable ​obstacle/​task a formidable ​adversary/​enemy/​opponent a formidable ​intellectdisapproving the ​director and his formidable ​wife

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formidably
adverb uk   us   /-bli/
(Definition of formidable from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"formidable" in American English

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formidableadjective

 us   /ˈfɔr·mɪ·də·bəl, fɔrˈmɪd·ə-, fərˈmɪd-/
strong and ​powerful, and ​thereforedifficult to ​deal with if ​opposed to you: There were formidable ​obstacles to ​reaching an early ​settlement of the ​dispute.
(Definition of formidable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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