Meaning of “vast” in the English Dictionary

"vast" in British English

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uk /vɑːst/ us /væst/

B2 extremely big:

The amount of detail the book contains is vast.
The people who have taken our advice have saved themselves vast amounts/sums of money.

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  • There is still a vast economic chasm between developed and developing countries.
  • He consumes vast quantities of chips with every meal.
  • A couple of people objected to the proposal, but the vast majority approved of it.
  • We can catch the vast majority of people, but hunting down every last tax dodger is virtually impossible.
  • He drew an analogy between the brain and a vast computer.

(Definition of “vast” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vast" in American English

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vastadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /væst/

extremely large:

The vast majority of our studentsnearly 90 percentgraduate within four years.
adverb us /ˈvæs·tli/

I think the original movie was vastly superior to the remake.

(Definition of “vast” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)