immense

adjective
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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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" 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The oilfield that ReconAfrica wants to harness is immense. Peter Rudden, CNN, "A Canadian oil firm thinks it has struck big. Some fear it could ravage a climate change hotspot," 3 May 2021 From the moment the San Francisco 49ers made the decision to trade two future first-round picks to move up from No. 12 to 3 in the NFL draft, the pressure on the organization was immense. Josh Dubow, ajc, "With draft over, Niners now turn to preparing Lance for NFL," 2 May 2021 From the moment the San Francisco 49ers made the decision to trade two future first-round picks to move up from No. 12 to 3 in the NFL draft, the pressure on the organization was immense. Josh Dubow, Star Tribune, "With draft over, Niners now turn to preparing Lance for NFL," 1 May 2021 The fallout was immense, according to several regulatory body reviews. New York Times, "Money Market Funds Melted in Pandemic Panic. Now They’re Under Scrutiny.," 23 Apr. 2021 The damage done by mass shootings is immense, but the suicides and everyday community violence caused by guns also deserve our attention. The New Yorker, "The Mail," 19 Apr. 2021 Hong Kong citizens vying for independence face against the oppression of China’s immense power. Stephanie Lorenzo, ABC News, "The story behind the Oscar-nominated documentary China doesn't want you to see," 21 Apr. 2021 But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana—the immense power from within his soul – in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all? Jacob Siegal, BGR, "You can watch the first 7 minutes of ‘Mortal Kombat’ for free right here," 20 Apr. 2021 This gives Europe immense power to direct research money to where it's needed most. Nils Rokke, Forbes, "Horizon Europe: What $117 Billion EU Program Means For Climate Innovation," 15 Apr. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Immense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immense. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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immense

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of immense

: very great in size or amount

immense

adjective
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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