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There is a text in my english book that talks about the wetlands from Brazil and there is a sentence that goes like this: "(...) life is dizzying in its abundance, variety and beauty."

I have already searched for the meaning of this word, and I found that it means "very fast and confusing" according to Cambridge dictionary, and according to Merriam Webster Dictionary :" having a whirling sensation in the head with a tendency to fall."

But I still do not understand what this expression means inside the text. I would be happy if you guys could give me a hand.

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  • Do you know the word "dizzy" (tonto)? I think this question is better suited for ELL.
    – Earthliŋ
    Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 14:06
  • Yeah, but I would like to know the meaning of this word inside the text. Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 14:13
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    So abundant and beautiful that you get dizzy... There's no hidden meaning here.
    – Earthliŋ
    Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 14:14
  • Sadly, 'dizzy in' is not a multi-word verb. At least, not yet. Commented Jul 17, 2016 at 21:09

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It's not dizzying in that you should be looking at, since in its abundance, variety and beauty is an adjective phrase modifying life.

You could re-position the adjective phrase to directly after life:

Life, in its abundance, variety and beauty, is dizzying.

With dizzying having exactly its dictionary meaning.

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In this context you could read that line as "the abundance, variety and beauty of life makes it a dizzying experience".

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