immense

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

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").

Examples of immense in a Sentence

He inherited an immense fortune. She is an artist of immense talent.
Recent Examples on the Web Harris had been immense all game for New England, rushing for 100 yards on 23 carries, but his final one will be the one remembered the most on opening day. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2021 The pressure for Southern California players to sign with the Trojans was immense, said Greg Biggins, national recruiting analyst for 247Sports. Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2021 The shock was immense, of course, and that was the first thing — what the hell was happening here? Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 7 Sep. 2021 The connector is immense, and uses a different socket than the Level 2 connector, so each car needs two sockets. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 While there, Biden warned the hurricane was life-threatening and that the devastation was likely to be immense. Kate Sullivan, CNN, 2 Sep. 2021 For most, the shock of these sudden closures was immense. Adam Green, Vogue, 2 Sep. 2021 But elsewhere in California, the challenges are immense. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Aug. 2021 McGowan often operates behind the scenes, but his impact is immense. John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 27 Aug. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immense. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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immense

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of immense

: very great in size or amount

immense

adjective
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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