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"phenomenon" in British English

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phenomenonnoun [C]

uk   /fəˈnɒm.ɪ.nən/  us   /-ˈnɑː.mə.nɑːn/ (plural phenomena uk   // us   )
  • phenomenon noun [C] (EXISTING THING)

C1 something that ​exists and can be ​seen, ​felt, ​tasted, etc., ​especially something ​unusual or ​interesting: Gravity is a natural phenomenon. Do you ​believe in the ​paranormal and other ​psychic phenomena? There's ​evidence to ​suggest that ​childabuse is not just a ​recent phenomenon.

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  • phenomenon noun [C] (SUCCESS)

someone or something that is ​extremelysuccessful, often because of ​specialqualities or ​abilities: The Beatles were a phenomenon - nobody had ​heard anything like them before.
(Definition of phenomenon from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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phenomenonnoun

 us   /fɪˈnɑm·əˌnɑn, -nən/
  • phenomenon noun (EXPERIENCE)

[C] (plural phenomena  /fɪˈnɑm·ə·nə/ ) anything that is or can be ​experienced or ​felt, esp. something that is ​noticed because it is ​unusual or new: We ​discussed the ever-growing ​popularity of ​talkradio, and ​wondered how to ​explain this phenomenon.
  • phenomenon noun (SPECIAL PERSON/THING)

[C usually sing] (plural phenomenons) someone or something ​special, esp. because it is ​completely different or ​extremelyunusual: He was a ​kind of phenomenon, an ​actorrunning for ​president.
(Definition of phenomenon from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “phenomenon”
in Spanish fenómeno…
in Vietnamese hiện tượng…
in Malaysian fenomena…
in Thai ปรากฏการณ์…
in French phénomène…
in German das Phänomen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 存在的事物, (尤指不寻常的或有趣的)现象…
in Turkish olay, olgu, fenomen…
in Russian феномен, явление…
in Indonesian fenomena…
in Chinese (Traditional) 存在的事物, (尤指不尋常的或有趣的)現象…
in Polish zjawisko…
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