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vast

[vast, vahst]
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.
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noun
  1. Literary. an immense or boundless expanse or space.
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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

Synonyms for vast

Antonyms for vast

1. small.
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Related Words for vastest

far-flung, colossal, far-reaching, huge, tremendous, broad, immense, boundless, spacious, extensive, ample, big, limitless, unlimited, great, infinite, endless, enormous, monumental, mammoth

Examples from the Web for vastest

Historical Examples of vastest

  • Ignorance and poverty are the vastest of the Negro problems.

    Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence

    Various

  • You see, I had two schemes in my head which were the vastest of all my projects.

  • It is one of the vastest and most significant of all human facts.

    Is Life Worth Living?

    William Hurrell Mallock

  • The church seemed the vastest cavern that had ever been built for worship.

  • Imagine, you who read, the nave of the vastest cathedral with which you are acquainted.

    Ayesha

    H. Rider Haggard


British Dictionary definitions for vastest

vast

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

Word Origin for vast

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

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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