August 06, 2016
immense (adjective)
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What does it mean?
: very great in size or amount; especially : not capable of being measured by ordinary means
How do you use it?
"There was a rushing of many wings, a great chattering and laughing, and the sun came out of the dark sky to show the Wicked Witch surrounded by a crowd of monkeys, each with a pair of immense and powerful wings on his shoulders." (L. Frank Baum, _The Wonderful Wizard of Oz_)
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"Immense" and "colossal," along with "enormous," "huge," and "vast," mean unusually large. "Immense" suggests size far beyond ordinary measurements or ideas, as in "an immense shopping mall" or "an immense waste of our natural resources." "Enormous" suggests going beyond the usual limits in size, amount, or degree, as in "an enormous sculpture" or "the enormous cost of the new building." "Huge" suggests greatness of bulk or amount, as in "huge barrels of oil" or "incurred huge debt." "Vast" suggests greatness or broadness of extent, as in "vast stretches of desert" or "a vast amount of knowledge." "Colossal" suggests a size that is almost too great to imagine, as in "the colossal size of the largest planets" or "a colossal financial failure."
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