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.
enthusiastic about some specified activity (usually followed by at, for, or on): He's great on reading poetry aloud.
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.
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.
Idioms about great
great with child, being in the late stages of pregnancy.
- great·ness, noun
- half-great, adjective
- o·ver·great, adjective
- o·ver·great·ly, adverb
- qua·si-great, adjective
- qua·si-great·ly, adverb
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How to use great in a sentence
Tend to your own garden, to quote the great sage of free speech, Voltaire, and invite people to follow your example.
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Unfortunately, this is more about protecting the legacy of a ‘great man.’
great American leaders have long contributed profound thoughts of tremendous consequence to the public discourse.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner! | Olivia Nuzzi | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“He turned pale, trembled to a great degree, was much agitated, and began to cry,” she told the court.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion | Nina Strochlic | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
"Capital, capital," his lordship would remark with great alacrity, when there was no other way of escape.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
I waited three months more, in great impatience, then sent him back to the same post, to see if there might be a reply.The Boarded-Up House | Augusta Huiell Seaman
After a minute's pause, while he stood painfully silent, she resumed in great emotion.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
The country is well inhabited, for it contains fifty-one cities, near a hundred walled towns, and a great number of villages.Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
This is a feature by means of which it is always possible to distinguish the great Horsetail from any other species.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
British Dictionary definitions for great (1 of 2)
relatively large in size or extent; big
relatively large in number; having many parts or members: a great assembly
of relatively long duration: a great wait
of larger size or more importance than others of its kind: the great auk
extreme or more than usual: great worry
of significant importance or consequence: a great decision
of exceptional talents or achievements; remarkable: a great writer
(as noun): the great; one of the greats
arising from or possessing idealism in thought, action, etc; heroic: great deeds
illustrious or eminent: a great history
impressive or striking: a great show of wealth
much in use; favoured: poetry was a great convention of the Romantic era
active or enthusiastic: a great walker
doing or exemplifying (a characteristic or pursuit) on a large scale: what a great buffoon; he's not a great one for reading
(often foll by at) skilful or adroit: a 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
pregnant: great 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; excellently: it was working great
- greatly, adverb
- greatness, noun
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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Other 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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