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.

  • Do you know the word "dizzy" (tonto)? I think this question is better suited for ELL.
    – Earthliŋ
    Feb 18 '16 at 14:06
  • Yeah, but I would like to know the meaning of this word inside the text. Feb 18 '16 at 14:13
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    So abundant and beautiful that you get dizzy... There's no hidden meaning here.
    – Earthliŋ
    Feb 18 '16 at 14:14
  • Sadly, 'dizzy in' is not a multi-word verb. At least, not yet. Jul 17 '16 at 21:09

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.


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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