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[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
1565-1575
1565-75; < Latin 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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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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