[ greyt ]
/ greɪt /
adjective, great·er, great·est.
unusually or comparatively large in size or dimensions: A great fire destroyed nearly half the city.
large in number; numerous: Great hordes of tourists descend on Europe each summer.
unusual or considerable in degree, power, intensity, etc.: great pain.
wonderful; very good; first-rate: We had a great time.That's great!
being such in an extreme or notable degree: great friends;a great talker.
highly significant or consequential;important: the great issues in American history.
of noble or lofty character: great thoughts.
chief or principal: the great hall; his greatest novel.
of high rank, official position, or social standing: a great noble.
much in use or favor: “Humor” was a great word with the old physiologists.
of extraordinary powers; having unusual merit; very admirable: a great statesman.
of considerable duration or length: We waited a great while for the train.
being of one generation more remote from the family relative specified (used in combination): a great-grandson.
Informal. very well: Things have been going great for him.
noun, plural greats, (especially collectively) great.
a person who has achieved importance or distinction in a field: She is one of the theater's greats.
great persons, collectively: England's literary great.
(often initial capital letter)greats, (used with a singular verb)Also called great go. British Informal.
- the final examination for the bachelor's degree in the classics and mathematics, or Literae Humaniores, especially at Oxford University and usually for honors.
- the course of study.
- the subject studied.
(used to express acceptance, appreciation, approval, admiration, etc.).
(used ironically or facetiously to express disappointment, annoyance, distress, etc.): Great! We just missed the last train home.
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Idioms for great
great with child, being in the late stages of pregnancy.
Origin of great
First recorded before 900; Middle English greet, Old English grēat; cognate with Dutch groot, German gross
SYNONYMS FOR great
synonym study for great
1. Great, big, large refer to size, extent, and degree. In reference to the size and extent of concrete objects, big is the most general and most colloquial word, large is somewhat more formal, and great is highly formal and even poetic, suggesting also that the object is notable or imposing: a big tree; a large tree; a great oak; a big field; a large field; great plains. When the reference is to degree or a quality, great is the usual word: great beauty; great mistake; great surprise; although big sometimes alternates with it in colloquial style: a big mistake; a big surprise. large is usually not used in reference to degree, but may be used in a quantitative reference: a large number ( great number ).
OTHER WORDS FROM great
great·ness, nounhalf-great, adjectiveo·ver·great, adjectiveo·ver·great·ly, adverb
qua·si-great, adjectivequa·si-great·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for great (1 of 2)
/ (ɡreɪt) /
relatively large in size or extent; big
relatively large in number; having many parts or membersa great assembly
of relatively long durationa great wait
of larger size or more importance than others of its kindthe great auk
extreme or more than usualgreat worry
of significant importance or consequencea great decision
- of exceptional talents or achievements; remarkablea great writer
- (as noun)the great; one of the greats
arising from or possessing idealism in thought, action, etc; heroicgreat deeds
illustrious or eminenta great history
impressive or strikinga great show of wealth
much in use; favouredpoetry was a great convention of the Romantic era
active or enthusiastica great walker
doing or exemplifying (a characteristic or pursuit) on a large scalewhat a great buffoon; he's not a great one for reading
(often foll by at) skilful or adroita great carpenter; you are great at singing
informal excellent; fantastic
British informal (intensifier)a dirty great smack in the face
(postpositive foll by with) archaic
- pregnantgreat with child
- full (of)great with hope
(intensifier, used in mild oaths)Great Scott!
be great on informal
- to be informed about
- to be enthusiastic about or for
informal very well; excellentlyit was working great
Derived forms of greatgreatly, adverbgreatness, noun
Word Origin for great
Old English grēat; related to Old Frisian grāt, Old High German grōz; see grit, groat
British Dictionary definitions for great (2 of 2)
being the parent of a person's grandparent (in the combinations great-grandfather, great-grandmother, great-grandparent)
being the child of a person's grandchild (in the combinations great-grandson, great-granddaughter, great-grandchild)
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Idioms and Phrases with great
In addition to the idioms beginning with great
- great deal
- great guns
- great many
- great minds run in the same channel, all
- great shakes
- great white hope
- good (great) deal
- good (great) many
- go to any length (great lengths)
- have a good (great) mind to
- make great strides
- no great shakes
- set (great) store by
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