Meaning of “incredible” in the English Dictionary

"incredible" in British English

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uk /ɪnˈkred.ə.bəl/ us /ɪnˈkred.ə.bəl/

incredible adjective (DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE)

B2 impossible, or very difficult, to believe:

an incredible story
The latest missiles can be fired with incredible accuracy.
It seems incredible that no one foresaw the crisis.

More examples

  • The conceit of that man is incredible!
  • She appears to actually like the man, which I find incredible.
  • "That's incredible!" he said, shaking his head in disbelief.
  • Johnson scored an incredible goal in the match.
  • The story is about theft, fraud and deceit on an incredible scale.

incredible adjective (EXTREME)

B1 informal extremely good:

Yeah, it was an incredible performance.
What an incredible motorbike!

More examples

  • We thought that Egypt was an incredibly romantic country.
  • This coffee is incredibly smooth and rich.
  • My aunt is incredibly vague - she can never remember where she's left things.
  • He's overweight and bald, and yet somehow, he's incredibly attractive.
  • Their shows are always incredibly camp and flamboyant.

(Definition of “incredible” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"incredible" in American English

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us /ɪnˈkred·ə·bəl/

impossible or very difficult to believe:

She showed incredible courage and determination in coming back from her injuries to compete again at the international level.

Incredible is also used to emphasize that something is unusually good or bad:

It was an incredible bargain.

(Definition of “incredible” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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