Meaning of “considerable” in the English Dictionary

"considerable" in British English

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uk /kənˈsɪd.ər.ə.bəl/ us /kənˈsɪd.ɚ.ə.bəl/

B2 large or of noticeable importance:

The fire caused considerable damage to the church.

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  • She's a woman of considerable abilities.
  • Drug trafficking is a matter of considerable concern for the entire international community .
  • Gymnastics is a sport that requires a considerable level of coordination.
  • The army is reported to be encountering considerable resistance.
  • A considerable amount of time and effort has gone into this exhibition.
adverb uk /kənˈsɪd.ər.ə.bli/ us /kənˈsɪd.ɚ.ə.bli/


  • Her study has considerably advanced the cause of equal rights.
  • His views differ considerably from those of his parents.
  • The interests of both parties may not be identical, but they do overlap considerably.
  • Getting a new assistant will lighten the workload considerably.
  • Fiorentina's win against Palermo last night has considerably increased their chances of promotion this season.


He's considerably fatter than he was when I knew him.

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

"considerable" in American English

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us /kənˈsɪd·ər·ə·bəl/

very large or much:

He exhibited considerable skill in driving through the snowstorm.
adverb us /kənˈsɪd·ər·ə·bli/

Technology has advanced considerably since then.

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