infinite

adjective
in·​fi·​nite | \ ˈin-fə-nət How to pronounce infinite (audio) \

Definition of infinite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : extending indefinitely : endless infinite space
2 : immeasurably or inconceivably great or extensive : inexhaustible infinite patience
3 : subject to no limitation or external determination
4a : extending beyond, lying beyond, or being greater than any preassigned finite value however large infinite number of positive numbers
b : extending to infinity infinite plane surface
c : characterized by an infinite number of elements or terms an infinite set an infinite series

infinite

noun

Definition of infinite (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is infinite (as in extent, duration, or number)

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Other Words from infinite

Adjective

infinitely adverb
infiniteness noun

Examples of infinite in a Sentence

Adjective

an infinite series of numbers She has infinite patience when she's dealing with children. There seemed to be an infinite number of possibilities. an infinite variety of choices
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To succeed in a landscape of infinite choices, entertainment companies are faced with tough choices of their own. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Oscar in the Age of Entertainment Overload," 23 Feb. 2019 After all, what piques the imagination more than the infinite possibilities of our galaxy (and the next, and the next)? Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Who Is Yusaku Maezawa? Everything You Want to Know About the First-Ever Moon Tourist," 18 Sep. 2018 Conversely, everyone is on Facebook, with all the good and bad that an infinite dating pool contains. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Facebook's New 'Dating' Feature Could Crush Apps Like Tinder," 1 May 2018 In their infinite hive-mind wisdom, the social-media-platform users went on to suggest that Ava DuVernay would be the perfect person to direct such a film and that Issa Rae would be, should be, the one to write it. Veronica Chambers, Marie Claire, "Lupita in the Lead," 5 Feb. 2019 Despite the infinite types and forms of love, musicians have found a way to articulate one of life’s most complex emotions into the most heartwarming (or heartbreaking) compositions. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "15 Love Songs That Will Sweep You Off Your Feet the Moment You Press Play," 9 Jan. 2019 The Big Flat Now is the infinite space on which our culture operates today. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 The software does the rest—exploring nearly infinite design permutations based on existing design concepts. Pam Baker, Ars Technica, "Artificial Intelligence and the coming of the self-designing machine," 6 Dec. 2018 There was a seemingly infinite number of Tata Harper employees running in circles around the table, pumping creams and serums into our cupped palms every couple of minutes. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "6 Things I Learned From Natural Skin-Care Legend Tata Harper," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of infinite

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for infinite

Adjective

Middle English infynyt, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French infinit, borrowed from Latin infīnītus "indefinite, having no limit, endless," from in- in- entry 1 + fīnītus "specific, definite, having bounds or limits" — more at finite

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The first known use of infinite was in the 14th century

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infinite

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of infinite

: having no limits
: extremely large or great

infinite

adjective
in·​fi·​nite | \ ˈin-fə-nət How to pronounce infinite (audio) \

Kids Definition of infinite

1 : having no limits of any kind the infinite universe
2 : seeming to be without limits She took infinite care when handling chemicals.

Other Words from infinite

infinitely adverb He is infinitely patient.

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