Definition of immense
1 : marked by greatness especially in size or degree; especially : transcending ordinary means of measurement the immense universe
2 : supremely good
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
Enraged over the massive loss of life when an immense explosion erupted in the heart of the capital’s supposedly secure diplomatic quarter, people called for the execution of President Ashfraf Ghani, even burning him in effigy.
Jacobs emphasizes, above all else, immense gratitude for the performers who have come before her.
Jay took on one of the biggest challenges in broadcasting back in 2011 and through immense creativity, courage and determination has delivered magnificently.
And the potential for additional growth is immense: Most of that increase came from just two regions of the country.
San Francisco (CNN)Five years ago, Doniece Sandoval gained a new perspective on San Francisco's immense problem of homelessness.
Moreover, Deford’s revered career was built not just on his immense talent but on his elegance and integrity.
But that number would have been even greater if not for the immense play of Trevians junior defender Sydney Parker.
The top and bottom of Jupiter are pockmarked with a chaotic mélange of swirls that are immense storms hundreds of miles across.
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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
First Known Use: 15th century
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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