# infinite

[in-fuh-nit]

- immeasurably great: an infinite capacity for forgiveness.
- indefinitely or exceedingly great: infinite sums of money.
- unlimited or unmeasurable in extent of space, duration of time, etc.: the infinite nature of outer space.
- unbounded or unlimited; boundless; endless: God's infinite mercy.
- Mathematics.
- not finite.
- (of a set) having elements that can be put into one-to-one correspondence with a subset that is not the given set.

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- something that is infinite.
- Mathematics. an infinite quantity or magnitude.
- the boundless regions of space.
- the Infinite (Being), God.

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## Origin of infinite^{}

## Synonyms

See more synonyms for infinite on Thesaurus.com1. enormous, immense, tremendous.

## Antonyms

1. small, limited.

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## Examples from the Web for infinitely

### Contemporary Examples

#### Fated to die in the end like all the others he describes himself as “the saddest man in the world… infinitely sad.”

#### Our meritocracy has become the ideology of a self-concerned, infinitely ambitious, and basically fearful economy.

#### And will the new virus force the survivors out of the prison and into the big, bad (and infinitely more interesting) world?

#### He advised diners to flee “right back out the door … you will be spared an infinitely larger measure of tedium.”

#### Which, as all writers will agree, is at least infinitely better than having one or two people show up.

### Historical Examples

#### Hope is infinitely better than you are, and I believe she is more capable of loving.

MalboneThomas Wentworth Higginson

#### War is infinitely more costly than the costliest preparedness.

Camps, Quarters and Casual PlacesArchibald Forbes

#### How mysterious, how infinitely tender it sounded in that awful blackness!

Green MansionsW. H. Hudson

#### It would be infinitely safer for you to follow carefully what I am saying.

The Secret AgentJoseph Conrad

#### For them her breast was soft and warm and infinitely tender.

Johnny BearE. T. Seton

## infinite

- having no limits or boundaries in time, space, extent, or magnitude
- (as noun; preceded by the)the infinite

- extremely or immeasurably great or numerousinfinite wealth
- all-embracing, absolute, or totalGod's infinite wisdom
- maths
- having an unlimited number of digits, factors, terms, members, etcan infinite series
- (of a set) able to be put in a one-to-one correspondence with part of itself
- (of an integral) having infinity as one or both limits of integrationCompare finite (def. 2)

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## Word Origin and History for infinitely

## infinite

### adj.

late 14c., "eternal, limitless," also "extremely great in number," from Old French infinit "endless, boundless," and directly from Latin infinitus "unbounded, unlimited," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + finitus "defining, definite," from finis "end" (see finish). The noun meaning "that which is infinite" is from 1580s.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

## infinite

[ĭn′fə-nĭt]

- Relating to a set that can be put into a one-to-one correspondence with some proper subset of its own members.
- Relating to or being a numerical quantity describing the size of such a set.
- Being without an upper or lower numerical bound.

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