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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Examples of immense in a Sentence
He inherited an immense fortune.
She is an artist of immense talent.
Recent Examples of immense from the Web
Those selected to determine a fellow citizen’s guilt or innocence are entrusted with immense responsibility and make personal sacrifices in the fulfillment of this civic duty.
The Nationals are this year's version of the 2016 Cubs, a team with immense talent trying to overcome a history of coming up short in big games.
National enquirer The Nationals are this year's version of the 2016 Cubs, a team with immense talent trying to overcome a history of coming up short in big games.
The $13.7 billion Whole Foods deal puts immense pressure on supermarkets, but also discounters such as Walmart, drug stores such as Walgreens and dollar stores such as Dollar General.
Jonah Hill's immense weight loss has (for better or worse) become one of the biggest celebrity transformation stories of 2017.
Carmel’s annual Art of Wine festival certainly puts on display the immense work and craft that goes into creating a delicious glass of the good stuff.
The goals to meet are immense, Swarup said, including building up the large-scale industrial capability to grow enough algae.
Internet companies are under immense pressure to do something about hate speech on their platforms.
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Did You Know?
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").
Synonym Discussion of immense
IMMENSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of immense for English Language Learners
: very great in size or amount
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