infinite

1 of 2

adjective

in·​fi·​nite ˈin-fə-nət How to pronounce infinite (audio)
1
: extending indefinitely : endless
infinite space
2
: immeasurably or inconceivably great or extensive : inexhaustible
infinite patience
3
: subject to no limitation or external determination
4
a
: 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
infiniteness noun

infinite

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noun

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Alexandra’s creative focus are stories that center women in their infinite complexities while examining how women hold power in a patriarchal world. Valerie Complex, Deadline, 11 July 2024 The Supreme Court, in its infinite wisdom, has only mucked up the waters. Washington Post, 9 July 2024
Noun
Thinking Why the paradoxes of infinity still puzzle us today Since at least 600 BC, people have been mesmerized by the concept of the infinite. Big Think, 24 June 2024 George Santos, the New York Republican, whose infinite lies were in plain view, could never have been elected without blind partisan support. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 14 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for infinite 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near infinite

Cite this Entry

“Infinite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infinite. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

infinite

1 of 2 adjective
in·​fi·​nite ˈin-fə-nət How to pronounce infinite (audio)
1
: being without limits of any kind : endless
infinite space
2
: seeming to be without limits : vast
infinite patience
infinite wealth
3
a
: lying or being beyond or being larger than any number no matter how large
the number of positive numbers is infinite
b
: having an infinite number of elements or terms
an infinite set
infinitely adverb

infinite

2 of 2 noun
: something that is infinite (as in number)

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