\ ˈvast How to pronounce vast (audio) \

Definition of vast

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: very great in size, amount, degree, intensity, or especially in extent or range vast knowledge a vast expanse



Definition of vast (Entry 2 of 2)

: a boundless space the vast of heaven— John Milton

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vastness \ ˈvas(t)-​nəs How to pronounce vastness (audio) \ noun

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enormous, immense, huge, vast, gigantic, colossal, mammoth mean exceedingly large. enormous and immense both suggest an exceeding of all ordinary bounds in size or amount or degree, but enormous often adds an implication of abnormality or monstrousness. an enormous expense an immense shopping mall huge commonly suggests an immensity of bulk or amount. incurred a huge debt vast usually suggests immensity of extent. the vast Russian steppes gigantic stresses the contrast with the size of others of the same kind. a gigantic sports stadium colossal applies especially to a human creation of stupendous or incredible dimensions. a colossal statue of Lincoln mammoth suggests both hugeness and ponderousness of bulk. a mammoth boulder

Examples of vast in a Sentence

Adjective She has a vast amount of knowledge on this subject. The policy is supported by the vast majority of citizens. a vast expanse of land
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Video showed that the police did issue an order, but not in a way where the vast majority of the crowd could hear it. cleveland, "Why the truth about the May 30 Cleveland riot matters, and why reporter Cory Shaffer won’t rest until you have it," 4 July 2020 Despite economic pressure, the vast majority refused to ease social distancing measures while their case counts were still going up. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "The US, Brazil and others lifted lockdowns early. These charts show just how deadly that decision was," 3 July 2020 The vast majority are keeping their fears to themselves. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants return to Oracle Park for strange first glimpse of pandemic baseball," 3 July 2020 Khan has gone on national television to ask Pakistanis to wear masks and social distance, but the vast majority largely ignore the precautions. BostonGlobe.com, "England to end quarantine for 50 countries, not US," 3 July 2020 But the vast majority of employee cases, over 80%, can be traced to the community, not the UT Southwestern campus. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "More health workers are getting COVID-19, but UTSW says they’re safer on the job than out and about," 3 July 2020 The vast majority of states allow some form of consumer fireworks. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "July 4th 2020 fireworks: Is it legal to shoot fireworks where you live?," 3 July 2020 Like Mayor Frey, the vast majority of Minneapolis City Council members are relatively new to governing. New York Times, "‘They Have Lost Control’: Why Minneapolis Burned," 3 July 2020 The vast majority of callers cannot get through and most of those who do spend an hour or more on hold – and sometimes a great deal longer. oregonlive, "Q&A: What’s the state of Oregon’s troubled jobless benefits system?," 2 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Furthermore, it could be easily scaled up, thereby opening vasts swaths of the universe to observation without the hefty price tag associated with building large, solid telescopes. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "New Space Telescopes Could Look Like Giant Beach Balls," 11 June 2019 That is a more ticklish argument: the obstruction laws are complicated and the ambit of presidential power vast. The Economist, "Donald Trump’s powers are not quite as vast as his lawyers claim," 7 June 2018 As a Cold War-era child who did drop-and-cover nuclear-attack drills under my desk, I’d been ingrained with ominous, gray images of Soviet military tanks rolling through the vast cobbled landmark. Norma Meyer, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Beauty, history, people make Russia trip memorable," 20 Sep. 2017 Near Potsdam, and a stone’s throw from the breathtaking gardens of Sanssouci Palace, lies Templiner See: Vast and choppy, there’s a seaside holiday vibe in the air. Alexandra Pereira, CNT, "Why Swimming Is the Ultimate Berlin Summer Pastime," 9 Aug. 2017 A clatter of gunshots suggested the worst The Brillante was built like two rectangles joined at a right angle: one vast, flat, hollow shape that held the liquid cargo, and one smaller, upright stack that contained mechanical systems and crew spaces. Bloomberg.com, "The Hijacking of the Brillante Virtuoso," 27 July 2017 Vast and growing databases compiled for commerce and policing are also for sale to politicians and their strategists, who can now know more about you than your spouse or parents. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "How Big Data Mines Personal Info to Craft Fake News and Manipulate Voters," 8 June 2017 Vast sums must be invested to build refineries and smelters to turn that ore into metal. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Alcan CEO David Culver Bet on Aluminum and Quebec," 10 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of vast


1585, in the meaning defined above


1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vast


borrowed from Latin vāstus or vastus "devoid of habitation, desolate, dreary," also, "of great size, immense," probably in part continuing Indo-European *h1u̯eh2-sto- (whence Old High German wuosti "empty, deserted," Old English wēste, Old Irish fás), in part conflated with another base *wast- of uncertain origin


noun derivative of vast entry 1, perhaps by analogy with deep entry 1, deep entry 3

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“Vast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vast. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vast

: very great in size, amount, or extent
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Kids Definition of vast

: very great in size or amount vast stretches of land She has vast experience.

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vastly adverb
vastness noun

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