im·​mense | \ i-ˈmen(t)s How to pronounce immense (audio) \

Essential Meaning of immense

: very great in size or amount He inherited an immense fortune. immense power/wealth See More ExamplesHer movies continue to enjoy immense [=enormous, tremendous] popularity. She is an artist of immense talent.Hide

Full Definition of immense

1 : marked by greatness especially in size or degree especially : transcending ordinary means of measurement the immense universe
2 : supremely good

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immenseness 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

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Just how big is something if it is immense? Huge? Colossal? Humongous? Ginormous? Or merely enormous? "Immense" is often used as a synonym of all of the above and, as such, can simply function as yet another way for English speakers to say "really, really, really big." "Immense" is also used, however, in a sense which goes beyond merely really, really, really big to describe something that is so great in size or degree that it transcends ordinary means of measurement. This sense harks back to the original sense of "immense" as something which is so tremendously big that it has not or cannot be measured. This sense reflects the word's roots in the Latin immensus, from "in-" ("un-") and "mensus," the past participle of "metiri" ("to measure").

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He inherited an immense fortune. She is an artist of immense talent.
Recent Examples on the Web Many of these people have gone through an immense amount of distress and tried for so long just to get home. Britt Clennett, ABC News, 17 Oct. 2021 However, completing an M&A requires an immense amount of time and energy. Anis Uzzaman, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 There is an immense amount of hope embedded in that idea, hope that truth and reality will prevail over resistance and dogma. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 The Black community suffers an immense amount of mental health concerns and the stigma surrounding mental health prevents many from seeking professional help. oregonlive, 9 Aug. 2021 Winton, who hopes to have beta versions of the predictive maps ready by the end of this year, is excited about the immense amount of data still out there that could be used to better understand sharks and their behavior. Sarah Sax, Wired, 17 July 2021 Winton, who hopes to have beta versions of the predictive maps ready by the end of this year, is excited about the immense amount of data still out there that could be used to better understand sharks and their behavior. Sarah Sax, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 July 2021 But, there is an immense amount of progress yet to be achieved. Star Tribune, 7 June 2021 Commercial planes like the Boeing 787 and Airbus A320, which can carry a few hundred passengers, require an immense amount of energy to reach cruising altitude — more energy than modern batteries can efficiently supply. New York Times, 28 May 2021

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First Known Use of immense

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for immense

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin immensus immeasurable, from in- + mensus, past participle of metiri to measure — more at measure

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“Immense.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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im·​mense | \ i-ˈmens How to pronounce immense (audio) \

Kids Definition of immense

: very great in size or amount : huge an immense fortune

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immensely adverb

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