infinitely

adverb

in·​fi·​nite·​ly ˈin-fə-nət-lē How to pronounce infinitely (audio)
: to an infinite or seemingly infinite extent or degree
an infinitely large number
It is clear that when an infinite number of positive quantities are added, the result will be infinitely large unless the quantities diminish in size to zero.Dan Kalman
… we know that the world is infinitely more complicated than the child thinks.Robert Penn Warren
… in learning about the amazing complexity of the computer, we come to appreciate the infinitely more amazing complexity of the human brain …Alex Raskin
He swivels his head almost 360 degrees, like a Japanese puppet-balloon held aloft on a stick. The face is infinitely old, infinitely wise, very catlike.Maxine Kumin

Examples of infinitely in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In most instances, concerns about chemistry are overblown, as the alchemy of Player X liking Player Y serves as a convenient substitute for the actual, and infinitely more complicated, reasons for why a team succeeds or fails. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 The handcrafted iridescent artworks have spawned many modern knockoffs, from infinitely less expensive copies to Tiffany-style Star Wars lampshades. Jacoba Urist, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Feb. 2024 Every lattice with at least two dimensions has infinitely many possible bases. Madison Goldberg, WIRED, 11 Feb. 2024 There are some places where this may never happen, but Steamboat Springs in Colorado is one of those spots that make superwoman experiences infinitely more attainable. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 11 Feb. 2024 In addition to the four familiar dimensions — three infinitely large spatial dimensions plus one of time — string theory suggests that there are six exceedingly tiny spatial dimensions. Steve Nadis, Quanta Magazine, 1 Feb. 2024 Either way, this tense, tragic contemporary immigrant drama feels infinitely better suited to Espinosa’s sensibility, however roundabout the path to getting there was. Peter Debruge, Variety, 3 Feb. 2024 You’re left with a magic shell, sundae-esque treat that’s infinitely riffable. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 1 Feb. 2024 In other words, our mathematical machinery is unable to detect if this sequence is deterministic or random junk (even after infinitely many samples). Christopher Lutsko, Scientific American, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English infynytly, from infynyt infinite entry 1 + -ly -ly entry 2

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of infinitely was in the 15th century

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“Infinitely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infinitely. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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