im·​mense | \ i-ˈmen(t)s How to pronounce immense (audio) \

Definition of immense

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

Other Words from immense

immenseness noun

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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

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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 for something which is so tremendously big that it has not been 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").

Examples of immense in a Sentence

He inherited an immense fortune. She is an artist of immense talent.
Recent Examples on the Web MingHuan Xu, a professional violinist and director of the string program at Roosevelt University, said the antique violin stolen has an immense cultural and personal value. Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2022 Restoring an immense amount of acreage in the Delta — 130,000 acres under one scenario. Kate Galbraith, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 May 2022 Given the time required to mend such a debilitating injury, this ancient ancestor would not have survived without an immense amount of care provided by others. David P. Barash, WSJ, 6 May 2022 While there’s immense value in learning how to make treasured dishes and recording them for posterity, sometimes the real prize is the act rather than the outcome. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 While there is immense value in fully operationalizing the decentralized internet, many of these efforts are half-baked or misguided, resulting in a lack of adoption and live use cases at a reasonable scale. Nitin Kumar, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Commuting devours an immense amount of energy and time. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 An immense amount of work has taken place behind the scenes to create a streaming platform that can eventually expand around the world. Brian Stelter, CNN, 28 Mar. 2022 And if McIlroy was a bit overlooked heading into the Masters, the roars that accompanied his final shot Sunday — a hole-out from a greenside bunker — reminded everyone of his star quality and still-immense potential. Ben Nuckols, Baltimore Sun, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of immense

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for immense

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

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“Immense.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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im·​mense | \ i-ˈmens How to pronounce immense (audio) \

Kids Definition of immense

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

Other Words from immense

immensely adverb

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