Simple Definition of immense
: very great in size or amount
Full Definition of immense
1 : marked by greatness especially in size or degree; especially : transcending ordinary means of measurement <the immense universe>
2 : supremely good
Examples of immense in a sentence
He inherited an immense fortune.
She is an artist of immense talent.
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Just how big is something if it is immense? Huge? Colossal? Humongous? Ginormous? Or merely enormous? "Immense" is often used as a synonym of all of the above and, as such, can simply function as yet another way for English speakers to say "really, really, really big." "Immense" is also used, however, in a sense which goes beyond merely really, really, really big to describe something that is so great in size or degree that it transcends ordinary means of measurement. This sense harks back to the original sense of "immense" as something which is so tremendously big that it has not or cannot be measured. This sense reflects the word's roots in the Latin immensus, from "in-" ("un-") and "mensus," the past participle of "metiri" ("to measure").
Origin of immense
Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin immensus immeasurable, from in- + mensus, past participle of metiri to measure — more at measure
First Known Use: 15th century
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