Definitions for GREATgreɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

greatgreɪt(adj.)great•er, great•est

  1. (adj.)unusually or comparatively large in size or dimensions; big.

  2. large in number; numerous:

    great herds of buffalo.

  3. unusual or considerable in degree, power, intensity, etc.:

    great pain.

  4. first-rate; excellent:

    to have a great time.

  5. being such in an extreme or notable degree:

    great friends.

  6. notable; remarkable:

    a great occasion.

  7. important; highly significant:

    the great issues in American history.

  8. distinguished; famous:

    a great inventor.

  9. of noble or lofty character:

    great thoughts.

  10. chief or principal:

    the great hall.

  11. of high rank or social standing:

    a great lady.

  12. much in use or favor:

    “Humor” was a great word with the old physiologists.

  13. of extraordinary powers; having unusual merit:

    a great statesman.

  14. of marked duration or length:

    to wait a great while.

  15. Informal. enthusiastic about some specified activity (usu. fol. by on or for): skillful; expert (usu. fol. by at):

    He's great on poetry.

    She's great at golf.

    Category: Informal

  16. being of one generation more remote from the family relative specified (used in combination):

    a great-grandson.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  17. (adv.)Informal. very well:

    Things have been going great for him.

    Category: Informal

  18. (n.)a person who has achieved importance or distinction in a field:

    She is one of the theater's greats.

  19. great persons, collectively:

    England's literary great.

  20. (interj.)(used to express acceptance, appreciation, approval, admiration, etc.).

Origin of great:

bef. 900; ME greet, OE grēat, c. OFris grāt, OS grōt, OHG grōz


Princeton's WordNet

  1. great(adj)

    a person who has achieved distinction and honor in some field

    "he is one of the greats of American music"

  2. great(adj)

    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"

  3. great, outstanding(adj)

    of major significance or importance

    "a great work of art"; "Einstein was one of the outstanding figures of the 20th centurey"

  4. great(adj)

    remarkable or out of the ordinary in degree or magnitude or effect

    "a great crisis"; "had a great stake in the outcome"

  5. bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing(adj)

    very good

    "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"

  6. capital, great, majuscule(adj)


    "capital A"; "great A"; "many medieval manuscripts are in majuscule script"

  7. big(p), enceinte, expectant, gravid, great(p), large(p), heavy(p), with child(p)(adj)

    in an advanced stage of pregnancy

    "was big with child"; "was great with child"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. great(adjective)ɪt

    very good; = excellent

    "We're getting married!" "That's great!"; It'd be great if you could come to the party.; It's a great movie.; a great deal; Great job, you guys!

  2. greatɪt

    important or significant

    a great leader; a great moment in the country's history

  3. greatɪt

    a large or extreme amount, level, etc.

    a great number of people; We had great difficulty finding the place.


  1. great(Noun)

    A person of major significance, accomplishment or acclaim.

    Newton and Einstein are two of the greats of the history of science.

  2. great(Adverb)

    very well

    Those mechanical colored pencils work great because they don't have to be sharpened.

  3. great(Adjective)

    Very big, large scale.

    A great storm is approaching our shores.

  4. great(Adjective)

    Very good.

    Dinner was great.

  5. great(Adjective)


  6. great(Adjective)

    Title referring to an important leader.

    Alexander the Great

  7. great(Interjection)

    Expression of gladness and content about something.

    Great! Thanks for the wonderful work.

  8. great(Interjection)

    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.

  9. Origin: From greet, from great, from grautaz, from ghrewə-. Cognate with great, grut, groot, groß, greot, Latin grandis, Albanian ngre. More at grit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Great

    large in space; of much size; big; immense; enormous; expanded; -- opposed to small and little; as, a great house, ship, farm, plain, distance, length

  2. Great

    large in number; numerous; as, a great company, multitude, series, etc

  3. Great

    long continued; lengthened in duration; prolonged in time; as, a great while; a great interval

  4. Great

    superior; admirable; commanding; -- applied to thoughts, actions, and feelings

  5. Great

    endowed with extraordinary powers; uncommonly gifted; able to accomplish vast results; strong; powerful; mighty; noble; as, a great hero, scholar, genius, philosopher, etc

  6. Great

    holding a chief position; elevated: lofty: eminent; distingushed; foremost; principal; as, great men; the great seal; the great marshal, etc

  7. Great

    entitled to earnest consideration; weighty; important; as, a great argument, truth, or principle

  8. Great

    pregnant; big (with young)

  9. Great

    more than ordinary in degree; very considerable in degree; as, to use great caution; to be in great pain

  10. Great

    older, younger, or more remote, by single generation; -- often used before grand to indicate one degree more remote in the direct line of descent; as, great-grandfather (a grandfather's or a grandmother's father), great-grandson, etc

  11. Great(noun)

    the whole; the gross; as, a contract to build a ship by the great


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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GREAT' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #186

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GREAT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #290

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GREAT' in Adjectives Frequency: #5

Anagrams of GREAT

  1. grate, Greta. targe

  2. Greta

Translations for GREAT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of a better quality than average; important

a great writer; Churchill was a great man.

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