vast

adjective
\ ˈvast How to pronounce vast (audio) \

Definition of vast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

vast

noun

Definition of vast (Entry 2 of 2)

: a boundless space the vast of heaven— John Milton

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Other Words from vast

Adjective

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

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Adjective

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 Still the vast majority of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are in people not fully vaccinated. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, 22 Oct. 2021 While enough doses have been administered to fully vaccinate almost half the global population, the vast majority have been used by a handful of the world’s richest countries. Robert Hart, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 In fiscal year 2021, U.S. officials encountered a record 145,000 unaccompanied migrant children, the vast majority of them from Central America. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 22 Oct. 2021 But with the 2022 class nearly complete, the vast majority of the scholarship-caliber talent comes from the younger classes. oregonlive, 22 Oct. 2021 The vast majority of Brainerd basketball parents were great, but two or three every year exasperated him. Mike Bass, The Enquirer, 21 Oct. 2021 Expanding Medicaid to cover more than half a million more individuals, the vast majority of whom are able-bodied adults without children, will do nothing to address the inadequate supply of health care in North Carolina. Jordan Roberts, National Review, 21 Oct. 2021 The vast majority of the nearly 190 million Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have received the Pfizer or Moderna options, while J&J recipients account for only about 15 million. Mike Stobbe, Fortune, 21 Oct. 2021 Having someone run on the Forward Party line would be deeply impractical in the vast majority of districts around the country. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2021 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, 11 June 2019 That is a more ticklish argument: the obstruction laws are complicated and the ambit of presidential power vast. The Economist, 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, 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, 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, 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, 8 June 2017 Vast sums must be invested to build refineries and smelters to turn that ore into metal. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of vast

Adjective

1585, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vast

Adjective

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

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 28 Oct. 2021.

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vast

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of vast

: very great in size, amount, or extent

vast

adjective
\ ˈvast How to pronounce vast (audio) \

Kids Definition of vast

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

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