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vast

adjective \ ˈvast \

Definition of vast

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

vastly

adverb

vastness

play \ˈvas(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of vast in a Sentence

  1. She has a vast amount of knowledge on this subject.

  2. The policy is supported by the vast majority of citizens.

  3. a vast expanse of land

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of vast

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

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vast

noun

Definition of vast

:a boundless space
  • the vast of heaven
  • —John Milton

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Origin and Etymology of vast

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


VAST Defined for English Language Learners

vast

adjective

Definition of vast for English Language Learners

  • : very great in size, amount, or extent


VAST Defined for Kids

vast

adjective \ ˈvast \

Definition of vast for Students

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

vastly

adverb

vastness

noun


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