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[ih-mens] /ɪˈmɛns/
vast; huge; very great:
an immense territory.
immeasurable; boundless.
Informal. splendid:
You did an immense job getting the project started.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin immēnsus, equivalent to im- im-2 + mēnsus past participle of mētīrī to measure
Related forms
immensely, adverb
immenseness, noun
1. extensive. See huge. Unabridged
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  • But that era was also one of rapid and immense change.
British Dictionary definitions for immense


unusually large; huge; vast
without limits; immeasurable
(informal) very good; excellent
Derived Forms
immensely, adverb
immenseness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin immensus, literally: unmeasured, from im- (not) + mensus measured, from mētīrī to measure
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Word Origin and History for immense

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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