vast

[vast, vahst]
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adjective, vast·er, vast·est.
  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
  1. Literary. an immense or boundless expanse or space.

Origin of vast

First recorded in 1565–75, vast is from the Latin word vastus empty, immense
Related formsvast·ly, adverbvast·ness, nounsu·per·vast, adjectivesu·per·vast·ly, adverbsu·per·vast·ness, noun

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Antonyms for vast

1. small.
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vast

adjective
  1. unusually large in size, extent, degree, or number; immense
  2. (prenominal) (intensifier)in vast haste
noun
  1. the vast mainly poetic immense or boundless space
  2. British dialect a very great amount or number
Derived Formsvastity, nounvastly, adverbvastness, noun

Word Origin for vast

C16: from Latin vastus deserted
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Word Origin and History for vaster

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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