- vast; huge; very great: an immense territory.
- immeasurable; boundless.
- Informal. splendid: You did an immense job getting the project started.
Origin of immense
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin immēnsus, equivalent to im- im-2 + mēnsus past participle of mētīrī to measure
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1. extensive. See huge.
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- unusually large; huge; vast
- without limits; immeasurable
- informal very good; excellent
C15: from Latin immensus, literally: unmeasured, from im- (not) + mensus measured, from mētīrī to measure
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Word Origin and History for immense
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