Definitions for greatgreɪt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(adj.)unusually or comparatively large in size or dimensions; big.
large in number; numerous:
great herds of buffalo.
unusual or considerable in degree, power, intensity, etc.:
to have a great time.
being such in an extreme or notable degree:
a great occasion.
important; highly significant:
the great issues in American history.
a great inventor.
of noble or lofty character:
chief or principal:
the great hall.
of high rank or social standing:
a great lady.
much in use or favor:
“Humor” was a great word with the old physiologists.
of extraordinary powers; having unusual merit:
a great statesman.
of marked duration or length:
to wait a great while.
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.
being of one generation more remote from the family relative specified (used in combination):
Category: Common Vocabulary
(adv.)Informal. very well:
Things have been going great for him.
(n.)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.
(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
a person who has achieved distinction and honor in some field
"he is one of the greats of American music"
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"
of major significance or importance
"a great work of art"; "Einstein was one of the outstanding figures of the 20th centurey"
remarkable or out of the ordinary in degree or magnitude or effect
"a great crisis"; "had a great stake in the outcome"
bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing(adj)
"he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"
capital, great, majuscule(adj)
"capital A"; "great A"; "many medieval manuscripts are in majuscule script"
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
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!
important or significant
a great leader; a great moment in the country's history
a large or extreme amount, level, etc.
a great number of people; We had great difficulty finding the place.
A person of major significance, accomplishment or acclaim.
Newton and Einstein are two of the greats of the history of science.
Those mechanical colored pencils work great because they don't have to be sharpened.
Very big, large scale.
A great storm is approaching our shores.
Dinner was great.
Title referring to an important leader.
Alexander the Great
Expression of gladness and content about something.
Great! Thanks for the wonderful work.
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.
Origin: From greet, from great, from grautaz, from ghrewə-. Cognate with great, grut, groot, groß, greot, Latin grandis, Albanian ngre. More at grit.
large in space; of much size; big; immense; enormous; expanded; -- opposed to small and little; as, a great house, ship, farm, plain, distance, length
large in number; numerous; as, a great company, multitude, series, etc
long continued; lengthened in duration; prolonged in time; as, a great while; a great interval
superior; admirable; commanding; -- applied to thoughts, actions, and feelings
endowed with extraordinary powers; uncommonly gifted; able to accomplish vast results; strong; powerful; mighty; noble; as, a great hero, scholar, genius, philosopher, etc
holding a chief position; elevated: lofty: eminent; distingushed; foremost; principal; as, great men; the great seal; the great marshal, etc
entitled to earnest consideration; weighty; important; as, a great argument, truth, or principle
pregnant; big (with young)
more than ordinary in degree; very considerable in degree; as, to use great caution; to be in great pain
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
the whole; the gross; as, a contract to build a ship by the great
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Translations for great
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
of a better quality than average; important
a great writer; Churchill was a great man.
- grandePortuguese (BR)
- velký; významnýCzech
- stor; vigtig; betydningsfuldDanish
- μεγάλος, σπουδαίοςGreek
- grande, gran (antes del nombre), importanteSpanish
- بزرگ؛ عظیمFarsi
- גָדוֹל, חָשוב, דגוּלHebrew
- बेहतर गुणवत्ता वाली चीजHindi
- velik, znamenitCroatian
- mikill, stórkostlegurIcelandic
- didis, didelisLithuanian
- izcils; dižsLatvian
- groot, grootsDutch
- stor, fremragendeNorwegian
- بزرگ؛ عظیمPersian
- ستر، لوى، غټ: ډير: غوره زياته ( اندازه فاصلهPashto
- mare, grandiosRomanian
- stor, framståendeSwedish
- büyük, önemliTurkish
- 偉大的Chinese (Trad.)
- اوسط یا معمول سے بڑھ کر، اہمUrdu
- lớn; vĩ đạiVietnamese
- 伟大的Chinese (Simp.)
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