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"phenomenon" in British English

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phenomenonnoun [C]

uk   /fəˈnɒm.ɪ.nən/  us   /fəˈnɑː.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)
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