Definition of fantastic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


; fænˈtæstɪk
1 (informal) extremely good; excellent
, brilliant
a fantastic beach in Australiaa fantastic achievementThe weather was absolutely fantastic.You've got the job? Fantastic!
2 (informal) very large; larger than you expected
, amazing
The response to our appeal was fantastic.The car costs a fantastic amount of money.
3 (also less frequent fantastical) [usually before noun] strange and showing a lot of imagination
fantastic dreams of forests and jungles
4 impossible to put into practicea fantastic scheme/projectfantastically
; fænˈtæstɪkli
adverbfantastically successfula fantastically shaped piece of stone
Usage noteUsage note: greatcool fantastic fabulous terrific brilliant awesomeThese are all informal words that describe somebody/something that is very good, pleasant, enjoyable, etc.great (informal) very good; giving a lot of pleasure:We had a great time in (informal) used to show that you admire or approve of something, often because it is fashionable, attractive or different:I think their new song's really cool.fantastic (informal) extremely good; giving a lot of pleasure:‘How was your holiday?’ ‘Fantastic!’fabulous (informal) extremely good:Jane's a fabulous cook. (Fabulous is slightly more old-fashioned than the other words in this set.)terrific (informal) extremely good; wonderful:She's doing a terrific job.brilliant (British English, informal) extremely good; wonderful:‘How was the show?’ ‘Brilliant!’awesome (informal, especially North American English) very good, impressive, or enjoyable:The show was just have a(n) great/cool/fantastic/fabulous/terrific/brilliant/awesome timeto look/sound great/cool/fantastic/fabulous/terrific/brilliant/awesomereally great/cool/fantastic/fabulous/terrific/brilliant/awesomeabsolutely great/fantastic/fabulous/terrific/brilliant/awesome
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