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[ih-mens]
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adjective
  1. vast; huge; very great: an immense territory.
  2. immeasurable; boundless.
  3. 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
Related formsim·mense·ly, adverbim·mense·ness, noun

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1. extensive. See huge.
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  • Hence, our architecture and statuary is massive and of immense proportions.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • The immense pools in the Phillips were as salt as sea water.

  • We have just had one of our men killed, a young sculptor of immense promise.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • The immense majority of us prefer a God at second or third hand.

  • The price is immense, and much beyond what I can ever attempt to pay.

    Lady Susan

    Jane Austen


British Dictionary definitions for immense

immense

adjective
  1. unusually large; huge; vast
  2. without limits; immeasurable
  3. informal very good; excellent
Derived Formsimmensely, adverbimmenseness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin immensus, literally: unmeasured, from im- (not) + mensus measured, from mētīrī to measure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for immense

adj.

early 15c., from Middle French immense (mid-14c.), from Latin immensus "immeasurable, boundless," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + mensus "measured," past participle of metiri (see measure).

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