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



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


infinitely adverb
infiniteness noun

Examples of infinite in a Sentence


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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Finite time, infinite space His interest in singularities was not restricted to black holes. The Economist, "Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s great physicists, has died," 14 Mar. 2018 As anyone with a passing knowledge of astrophysics knows, this is all ending in the heat death of the universe--every star burning out until the universe is just an infinite dark space. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "What Will Happen in the Next 100 Trillion Years?," 12 Aug. 2017 There are nearly infinite videos and articles, millions of words and minutes spilled on how to apply the theory of a good squat or deadlift to various bodies, challenges, and training scenarios. Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: What Can I Do If I'm Bored of My Lifting Routine?," 24 Apr. 2019 Being a free-form concept partial to exaggeration, camp can be interpreted in an infinite number of ways. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "This Is What Camp Is...According to Met Gala Attendees," 8 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of infinite


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for infinite


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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English Language Learners Definition of infinite

: having no limits
: extremely large or great


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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