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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 child abuse is not just a recent phenomenon.

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phenomenon noun [ C ] (SUCCESS)

someone or something that is extremely successful, often because of special qualities 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 talk radio, 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 extremely unusual:

He was a kind of phenomenon, an actor running for president.

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

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In my view, nothing would be more inappropriate, indeed more dangerous, than to react to this radically new phenomenon with well-worn notions whose limitations have just been cruelly demonstrated.
We must therefore agree quickly on the rules for allowing people to come in, if we want to avoid the phenomenon of asylum shopping.
Disability is not a static phenomenon.
What we are witnessing during these initial months of 2001 is a quite extraordinary phenomenon, but one which requires careful analysis.
The objective will be to put more emphasis on an overall strategy in order to counter the phenomenon of the transfer of illicit crops from one country to another.
Firstly, it gives us the opportunity to reiterate that we all condemn hooliganism and that we all obviously want to fight this phenomenon to the best of our ability.
What does employed mean when we have before us a policy which dismantles working relations, minimises employment and, as a result, makes general poverty a mass phenomenon.
Having made this extremely alarming observation, it is essential to consider the means of combating this phenomenon in order to protect our children.
Although the information is still not complete, analysis of the phenomenon allows us to understand the reasons for the existence of the differentials.
Consequently, this phenomenon has a broader political significance, which may create tension in this region, and which we will then have to attempt to relieve.