im·​men·​si·​ty | \ i-ˈmen(t)-sə-tē How to pronounce immensity (audio) \
plural immensities

Definition of immensity

1 : the quality or state of being immense
2 : something immense

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Examples of immensity in a Sentence

the immensity of the universe She couldn't understand the immensity of their problem.
Recent Examples on the Web This whole thing, the immensity of it, can be a drag. Sam Sifton, New York Times, "We Are in This Together," 6 May 2020 The immensity of it all — the cases, the countries, the spread — can also be seen through another lens: a vast catalogue of personal moments, experiences and observations. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "Postcards from a nervous world: Moments in time from life during the pandemic," 28 Mar. 2020 The immensity of the task of bringing order in the Amazon is evident in remote outposts such as Jonas Lopes de Souza’s farm. Juan Forero, WSJ, "Squatters Cut Down the Rainforest. Brazil Wants to Give Them the Land.," 31 Jan. 2020 Whenever the crushing immensity of the Internet makes today’s music feel impenetrable, try to remind yourself that the human experience is a listening experience. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Galcher Lustwerk understands the rhythms of real life," 27 Nov. 2019 Kevin Jenkins struggles to summarize the immensity of the Falcon’s legacy. Tim Grierson, Popular Mechanics, "How 'Star Wars' Filmmakers Built the Millennium Falcon," 20 Dec. 2019 Adjusting to the immensity and ferocity of the Star Wars fame machine was not easy for Ridley. Chloe Malle, Marie Claire, "The Rise of Daisy Ridley," 12 Nov. 2019 The park features whimsical kids’ play areas and a cozy Starbucks, yet these gestures toward intimacy only magnify the dwarfing immensity of the neighboring Salesforce Tower. John Brant, Popular Mechanics, "It Was Supposed to Be the Safest Building in the World. Then It Cracked.," 25 Oct. 2019 The angle of Fong's shot—particularly the inclusion of the mirrored escalators that reflect the immensity of the demonstration; people look on, phones raised, from high-above floors—is a complex, gorgeous study in scale. Wired, "Depth of Field: Hong Kong's Flash Mob for Democracy," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of immensity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Immensity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of immensity

: extremely great size


im·​men·​si·​ty | \ i-ˈmen-sə-tē How to pronounce immensity (audio) \
plural immensities

Kids Definition of immensity

: extremely great size, amount, or extent

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