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Dictionary Definition

great adj
1 relatively large in size or number or extent; larger than others of its kind; "a great juicy steak"; "a great multitude"; "the great auk"; "a great old oak"; "a great ocean liner"; "a great delay"
2 more than usual; "great expectations"; "great worry"
3 (used of persons) standing above others in character or attainment or reputation; "our distinguished professor"; "an eminent scholar"; "a great statesman" [syn: distinguished, eminent]
4 of major significance or importance; "a great work of art"; "Einstein was one of the outstanding figures of the 20th century" [syn: outstanding]
5 remarkable or out of the ordinary in degree or magnitude or effect; "a great crisis"; "had a great stake in the outcome"
6 very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing" [syn: bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing]
7 uppercase; "capital A"; "great A"; "many medieval manuscripts are in majuscule script" [syn: capital, majuscule]
8 marked by active interest and enthusiasm; "an avid sports fan"; "a great walker"; "an eager beaver" [syn: avid, eager, zealous]
9 in an advanced stage of pregnancy; "was big with child"; "was great with child" [syn: big(p), enceinte, expectant, gravid, great(p), large(p), heavy(p), with child(p)]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • , /ɡɹeɪt/, /gr\eIt/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪt

Etymology

grēat.

Homophones

Adjective

  1. Very big, large scale.
    A great storm is approaching our shores.
  2. Very good.
    Dinner was great.
  3. Important.
  4. Title referring to an important leader.
    Alexander the Great

Usage notes

In simple situations, using modifiers of intensity such as fairly, somewhat, etc. can lead to an awkward construction, with the exception of certain common expressions such as “so great” and “really great”. In particular “very great” is unusually strong as a reaction, and in many cases “great” or its meaning of “very good” will suffice.

Translations

very big, large scale
very good
important title

Interjection

  1. Expression of gladness and content about something.
    Great! Thanks for the wonderful work.
  2. sarcastic inversion thereof.
    Oh, great! I just dumped all 500 sheets of the manuscript all over and now I have to put them back in order.

Translations

great!

Noun

  1. A person of major significance, accomplishment or acclaim.
    Newtin and Einstein are two of the greats of the history of science.

Etymology

West *grauta.

Adjective

grēat

Extensive Definition

Great may mean:
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  • GReAT, Graph Rewriting and Transformation, a Model Transformation Language
  • Great (film), a British animated short about Isambard Kingdom Brunel by Bob Godfrey
  • Great (supermarket), an upscale supermarket in Hong Kong operated by PARKnSHOP

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