immense

adjective im·mense \ i-ˈmen(t)s \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of immense

1 :marked by greatness especially in size or degree; especially :transcending ordinary means of measurement
  • the immense universe
2 :supremely good

immensely

adverb

immenseness

noun

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Examples of immense in a Sentence

  1. He inherited an immense fortune.

  2. 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 and Etymology of immense

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin immensus immeasurable, from in- + mensus, past participle of metiri to measure — more at measure

Synonym Discussion of immense

enormous, immense, huge, vast, gigantic, colossal, mammoth mean exceedingly large. enormous and immense both suggest an exceeding of all ordinary bounds in size or amount or degree, but enormous often adds an implication of abnormality or monstrousness.
    • an enormous expense
    • an immense shopping mall
huge commonly suggests an immensity of bulk or amount.
    • incurred a huge debt
vast usually suggests immensity of extent.
    • the vast Russian steppes
gigantic stresses the contrast with the size of others of the same kind.
    • a gigantic sports stadium
colossal applies especially to a human creation of stupendous or incredible dimensions.
    • a colossal statue of Lincoln
mammoth suggests both hugeness and ponderousness of bulk.
    • a mammoth boulder

IMMENSE Defined for English Language Learners

immense

adjective

Definition of immense for English Language Learners

  • : very great in size or amount


IMMENSE Defined for Kids

immense

adjective im·mense \ i-ˈmens \

Definition of immense for Students

:very great in size or amount :huge
  • an immense fortune

immensely

adverb


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