massive

adjective
mas·​sive | \ ˈma-siv How to pronounce massive (audio) \

Definition of massive

1 : forming or consisting of a large mass:
a : bulky massive furniture
b : weighty, heavy massive walls a massive volume
c : impressively large or ponderous stars more massive than the sun
d : having no regular form but not necessarily lacking crystalline structure massive sandstone
2a : large, solid, or heavy in structure massive jaw
b : large in scope or degree the feeling of frustration, of being ineffectual, is massive— David Halberstam
c(1) : large in comparison to what is typical a massive dose of penicillin
(2) : being extensive and severe massive hemorrhage
(3) : imposing in excellence or grandeur massive simplicity the most massive American dramatist of his timeNewsweek
3 : having mass (see mass entry 2 sense 1c) a massive boson

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Other Words from massive

massively adverb
massiveness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for massive

Synonyms

heavy, hefty, ponderous, weighty

Antonyms

light, weightless

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Examples of massive in a Sentence

The fort had massive walls. stars more massive than the sun A massive effort will be required to clean up the debris. You can find a massive amount of information on the Internet. The stunt received massive publicity. a massive collection of baseball cards
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Minutes after the site went live, Daily Mail reporter Rebecca English called out a massive error on Archie's brand-new web page. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Everyone Missed This Major Mistake About Meghan and Harry's Baby on the Royal Family's Website," 8 May 2019 William Kent’s massive shell bed at Haughton Hall in England is also camp. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Behold the Campiest Rooms of All Time," 7 May 2019 The BTS ARMY is already freaking out over their massive win for Best Social Artist at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, but the boys have also given them something more to obssess about. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Did You Catch This Secret Message in BTS's Outfits at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards?," 2 May 2019 Dua Lipa celebrated an Instagram milestone this week in a look that certainly would have turned heads with or without her massive following. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Dua Lipa Wore Thigh-High Y/Project UGG Boots," 11 Sep. 2018 The London Marathon is a massive fundraising effort. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Will Make a Surprise Appearance at the London Marathon Today," 28 Apr. 2019 The fallout was massive, leading to the network’s decision to drop her from their shows and movies. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Hallmark Announces 'When Calls the Heart' Is on 'Hiatus' in Wake of Lori Loughlin Scandal," 18 Mar. 2019 That said, the Sephora between Plaza Universitat and Plaza Catalunya is massive — and massively fun. Chris Ciolli, Allure, "Barcelona Travel Guide: 11 Beauty Spots to Visit in Spain’s Most Welcoming City," 11 Mar. 2019 Today’s juggernauts really are massive, and not just in the eyes of exuberant investors. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "On Tech Bubble Anniversary, Be Wary of New Corporate Giants," 8 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of massive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for massive

Middle English massiffe, from Anglo-French mascif, alteration of massiz, from Vulgar Latin *massicius, from Latin massa mass

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The first known use of massive was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for massive

massive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of massive

: very large and heavy
: large in amount or degree
: very severe

massive

adjective
mas·​sive | \ ˈma-siv How to pronounce massive (audio) \

Kids Definition of massive

: very large, heavy, and solid a massive ship

massive

adjective
mas·​sive | \ ˈmas-iv How to pronounce massive (audio) \

Medical Definition of massive

1 : large in comparison to what is typical used especially of medical dosage or of an infectious agent a massive dose of penicillin
2 : being extensive and severe used of a pathologic condition a massive hemorrhage a massive collapse of a lung

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