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vast

[vast, vahst] /væst, vɑst/
adjective, vaster, vastest.
1.
of very great area or extent; immense:
the vast reaches of outer space.
2.
of very great size or proportions; huge; enormous:
vast piles of rubble left in the wake of the war.
3.
very great in number, quantity, amount, etc.:
vast sums of money.
4.
very great in degree, intensity, etc.:
an artisan of vast skill.
noun
5.
Literary. an immense or boundless expanse or space.
Origin of vast
1565-1575
First recorded in 1565-75, vast is from the Latin word vastus empty, immense
Related forms
vastly, adverb
vastness, noun
supervast, adjective
supervastly, adverb
supervastness, noun
Synonyms
1. measureless, boundless, gigantic, colossal, stupendous.
Antonyms
1. small.
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  • After all, what vast privileges do you lose with your citizenship.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • It seemed to have a vast inorganic life of its own, a volition and a whim.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Thrones have toppled and their vast empires have disappeared.

  • The meeting was held in the vast auditorium of the Circus Building, which was filled.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • vast crowds lined the route, afoot and in every kind of vehicle.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
British Dictionary definitions for vast

vast

/vɑːst/
adjective
1.
unusually large in size, extent, degree, or number; immense
2.
(prenominal) (intensifier): in vast haste
noun
3.
(mainly poetic) the vast, immense or boundless space
4.
(Brit, dialect) a very great amount or number
Derived Forms
vastity, noun
vastly, adverb
vastness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin vastus deserted
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Word Origin and History for vast
adj.

1570s, from Middle French vaste, from Latin vastus "immense, extensive, huge," also "desolate, unoccupied, empty." The two meanings probably originally attached to two separate words, one with a long -a- one with a short -a-, that merged in early Latin (see waste). Very popular early 18c. as an intensifier. Related: Vastly; vastness.

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