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

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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" 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").

Examples of immense in a Sentence

He inherited an immense fortune. She is an artist of immense talent.

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Trif Alatzas, the publisher and editor in chief of The Baltimore Sun, said the newspapers had gotten immense support from Tronc, the corporate owner of the Baltimore Sun Media Group. Jaclyn Peiser, New York Times, "A Moment of Silence and Reporting Help for The Capital Gazette," 5 July 2018 The show’s immense support was in no small part due to its diverse representation of characters. Melania Hidalgo,, "8 TV Shows That Were Rescued by Their Fans," 26 June 2018 His Administration had provided the country with immense military and intelligence support. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s New World Order," 11 June 2018 In his campaign to claim the Republican Party nomination for U.S. Senate, Kevin Nicholson has been the beneficiary of immense out-of-state support. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kevin Nicholson got on the ballot in Wisconsin with a lot of help from out-of-state signature gatherers," 5 June 2018 Those speaking out in favor of Haspel's candidacy – like Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Virginia – cited, among other things, the immense support for Haspel from within the CIA. Olivia Gazis, CBS News, "Gina Haspel secures enough votes to be confirmed as first female director of CIA," 17 May 2018 The Twitter campaign has shown us that there is immense support for cats in law enforcement. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Troy Police Department is getting a police cat after hitting milestone," 14 Mar. 2018 The Twitter campaign has shown us that there is immense support for cats in law enforcement. Aleanna Siacon, USA TODAY, "Twitter gives Michigan cops a reason to get a #policecat," 14 Mar. 2018 Bears rescued from farms arrive at the Animals Asia sanctuary here with immense psychological and physical problems, some too weak to walk or climb after a lifetime in a cage. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "China’s bear bile industry persists despite growing awareness of the cruelty involved," 3 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of immense

: very great in size or amount


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

Kids Definition of immense

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

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immensely adverb

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