phenomenon Definition

a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question.

Using phenomenon: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "phenomenon" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The phenomenon of global warming is a major concern for scientists.

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    The strange phenomenon was witnessed by many people.

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    The phenomenon of deja vu is still not fully understood.

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    The phenomenon of social media has changed the way we communicate.

phenomenon Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with phenomenon

  • an observable event or process in nature


    The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that can be seen in the night sky.

  • a trend or behavior that becomes popular in a particular culture or society


    The Beatles were a cultural phenomenon in the 1960s.

  • an observable event or process in the economy


    The phenomenon of inflation is a major concern for economists.

Origins of phenomenon

from Greek 'phainomenon', meaning 'that which appears'


Summary: phenomenon in Brief

The term 'phenomenon' [fəˈnɒmɪnən] refers to an observed fact or situation whose cause or explanation is in question. It can range from natural phenomena like the Northern Lights to cultural phenomena like The Beatles. 'Phenomenon' is often used in scientific contexts, such as the phenomenon of global warming, and can also refer to economic events like inflation.

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