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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Great.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. greatadjective

    a person who has achieved distinction and honor in some field

    "he is one of the greats of American music"

  2. greatadjective

    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, outstandingadjective

    of major significance or importance

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

  4. greatadjective

    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, smashingadjective

    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, majusculeadjective


    "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)adjective

    in an advanced stage of pregnancy

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


  1. greatnoun

    A person of major significance, accomplishment or acclaim.

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

  2. greatadverb

    very well

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

  3. greatadjective

    Very big, large scale.

    A great storm is approaching our shores.

  4. greatadjective

    Very good.

    Dinner was great.

  5. greatadjective


  6. greatadjective

    Title referring to an important leader.

    Alexander the Great

  7. greatinterjection

    Expression of gladness and content about something.

    Great! Thanks for the wonderful work.

  8. greatinterjection

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GREATadjective

    Etymology: great, Saxon; groot, Dutch.

    Judas one of the twelve came, and with a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. Mat. xxvi. 47.

    All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates and bars, besides unwalled towns a great many. Deutr. iii. v.

    The idea of so much is positive and clear: the idea of greater is also clear, but it is but a comparative idea. John Locke.

    There were they in great fear. Ps. xiv. 5.

    This is a great paradox. John Tillotson.

    Thou hast spoken of thy servants house for a great while to come. 2 Sa. vii. 19.

    Have broke their backs with laying manors on them,
    For this great journey. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    And though this be a great truth, if it be impartially considered, yet it is also a great paradox to men of corrupt minds and vitious practices. John Tillotson, Sermon 6.

    Hear the king’s pleasure, cardinal, who commands you
    To render up the great seal presently. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Such men as he be never at heart’s ease,
    Whilst they behold a greater than themselves. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæs.

    Of all the great, how few
    Are just to heaven, and to their promise true! Alexander Pope, Odyss.

    Misfortune made the throne her seat,
    And none could be unhappy but the great. Nicholas Rowe.

    Despise the farce of state,
    The sober follies of the wise and great. Alexander Pope.

    O Lord, thou art great, and thy name is great in might. Jer. x. 6.

    Such Dido was; with such becoming state,
    Amidst the crowd, she walks serenely great. John Dryden, Virgil.

    In her every thing was goodly and stately; yet so, that it might seem that great mindedness was but the ancient-bearer to the humbleness. Philip Sidney.

    Solyman perceived that Vienna was not to be won with words, nor the defendants to be discouraged with great looks; wherefore he begun to batter the walls. Richard Knolles.

    Those that would not censure, or speak ill of a man immediately, will talk more boldly of those that are great with them, and thereby wound their honour. Francis Bacon, Essay 49.

    Their bellies great
    With swelling vanity, bring forth deceit. George Sandys.

    This fly, for most he stings in heat of day,
    From cattle great with young keep thou away. Thomas May, Virg.

    I dare not yet affirm for the antiquity of our language, that our great-great-great grandsires tongue came out of Persia. William Camden, Remains.

    What we call great-great grandfather they called forthafader. William Camden, Remainder.

    Their holiday-cloaths go from father to son, and are seldom worn out ’till the second or third generation; so that ’tis common enough to see a countryman in the doublet and breeches of his great grandfather. Addison.

    It is no great matter to live lovingly with good natured and meek persons. Jeremy Taylor, Devotion.

  2. Greatnoun

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    To let out thy harvest by great or by day,
    Let this by experience lead thee the way:
    By great will deceive thee with ling’ring it out,
    By day will dispatch. Thomas Tusser, Husbandry for August.

    It were behoveful, for the strength of the navy, that no ships should be builded by the great; for by daily experience they are found to be weak and imperfect. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    He did at length so many slain forget,
    And lost the tale, and took them by the great. Dryden.

    Carpenters, for uniformity, generally make them so, unless they build an house by the great, and are agreed for the sum of money. Joseph Moxon, Mech. Exer.

    I set aside one day in a week for lovers, and interpret by the great for any gentlewoman who is turned of sixty. Addison.


  1. great

    Gang Resistance Education And Training, abbreviated G.R.E.A.T., provides a school-based, police officer instructed program that includes classroom instruction and various learning activities. Their intention is to teach the students to avoid gangs as well as drugs and alcohol. The program was originally administered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms of the US Department of the Treasury, however, when the ATF was transferred to the United States Department of Justice, it became administered by the Office of Justice Programs of the Bureau of Justice Assistance.


  1. great

    Great can be defined as exceptionally outstanding, notable, or remarkable in terms of quality, quantity, intensity, importance, or scale. It denotes a high degree of superiority, excellence, or significance. This adjective typically describes something or someone that is exceptionally good, impressive, or highly esteemed.

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. Greatnoun

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

  12. Etymology: [OE. gret, great, AS. gret; akin to OS. & LG. grt, D. groot, OHG. grz, G. gross. Cf. Groat the coin.]


  1. GReAT

    Graph Rewriting and Transformation is a Model Transformation Language for Model Integrated Computing available in the GME environment. GReAT has a rich pattern specification sublanguage, a graph transformation sublanguage and a high level control-flow sublanguage. It has been designed to address the specific needs of the model transformation area. The GME environment is an example of a Model Driven Engineering framework.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Great

    grāt, adj. large: long continued: superior: distinguished: highly gifted: noble: mighty: sublime: of high rank: chief: proud, arrogant: weighty: difficult: important: pregnant, teeming: indicating one degree more remote in the direct line of descent, as Great′-grand′father, Great′-grand′son.—adj. Great′-bel′lied (Shak.), pregnant.—n. Great′coat, an overcoat.—v.t. Great′en (Browning), to make great.—v.i. to become great.—ns. Great′-grand′child, the child of a grandchild; Great′-grand′mother, the mother of a grand-parent.—adj. Great′-heart′ed, having a great or noble heart: high-spirited: noble.—adv. Great′ly.—ns. Great′ness; Great′-prim′er (see Primer); Greats, the final examination in the Honours Schools at Oxford, &c.; Great′-un′cle, usually grand-uncle, a grandfather's or grandmother's brother.—Great Dane, one of a breed of large close-haired dogs from Denmark, a boar-hound; Great Powers, the chief countries of Europe—France, Germany, Russia, Great Britain, Austro-Hungary; Great schism, the division between the Latin and Greek Churches, begun in the 9th century, and culminating in 1054; Great Sea, the Mediterranean; Great unwashed, an absurd term sometimes applied to the working classes generally.—Greater Britain, the whole colonial empire of Great Britain.—The great, people of rank. [A.S. greát; Dut. groot, Ger. gross; perh. allied to grand, gross, grow.]

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  1. Great

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British National Corpus

  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 for Great »

  1. grate

  2. Greta. targe

  3. gater

  4. greta

  5. retag

  6. targe

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Great in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Great in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Great in a Sentence

  1. President Trump:

    Hopefully, George Floyds is looking down right now and saying,' There's a great thing that's happening for our country,' there's a great day for George Floyds. It's a great day for everybody. There's a great day for everybody. This is a great, great day in terms of equality.

  2. Kurt Russell:

    [The event] for me is really exactly what I want to do because I love great wine with really great food, and there's going to be a lot of great wine and a lot of great food.

  3. Albert Camus:

    All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door.

  4. Sam Galsworthy:

    I've always felt an emotional connection with Stamford Raffles because Stamford Raffles was my great, great, great, great, great grandfather, when I mentioned this to Nigel Moore [ Raffles' FB director ], I saw his face light up as I hoped it would. But I was blissfully unaware that 2015 would be the centenary of the Raffles Singapore Sling.

  5. Pope Francis:

    Benedict XVI was a great pope, great for the power and penetration of his intellect, great for his considerable contribution to theology, great for his love for the Church and for human beings, great for his virtues and his religiosity.

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  • عظيم, رائع, كبيرArabic
  • цудо́ўны, вялі́кі, выда́тныBelarusian
  • чуде́сен, отли́чен, голя́мBulgarian
  • fabulós, enorme, genial, granCatalan, Valencian
  • skvělý, velikýCzech
  • вєликъOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
  • grêt, mawr, gwychWelsh
  • nice, super, fedt, storDanish
  • wundervoll, schön, groß, Große, fein, großartigGerman
  • εξαιρετικός, περίφημος, μεγάλος, θαυμάσιαGreek
  • egaEsperanto
  • bien, Grande, Magno, formidable, gran, grandioso, [[muy]] [[bueno]]Spanish
  • بزرگ, عظیم, عالی, سترگPersian
  • mahtavaa, suuri, valtava, jättimäinen, erinomainen, mahtavaFinnish
  • mikil, stórurFaroese
  • grand, super, grande, formidable, excellent, génial, très bienFrench
  • grutWestern Frisian
  • mórIrish
  • נפלאה, נהדרת, גדול, נפלא, נהדר, טוב מאוד, מעולהHebrew
  • महानHindi
  • nagy, nagyszerűHungarian
  • հոյակապ, մեծArmenian
  • besarIndonesian
  • grandaIdo
  • mikill, stórIcelandic
  • grandioso, bene, grande, magna, magnoItalian
  • גדולHebrew
  • すばらしい, 偉大, 素敵, すごい, 偉い, 大王Japanese
  • საუცხოო, დიდი, შესანიშნავი, ვაშა, შესანიშნავადGeorgian
  • ព្រះមហាវីរក្សត្រKhmer
  • 위대하다, 크다, 대단하다Korean
  • زۆر چاک, مه‌زنKurdish
  • brâsCornish
  • magnaLatin
  • didysis, puikus, nuostabus, didelisLithuanian
  • izcils, varens, lielisks, liels, dižsLatvian
  • mokorahiMāori
  • одличен, одлично, супер, велик, голем, велика́нMacedonian
  • fijn, heerlijk, fantastisch, prachtig, grootDutch
  • tsohNavajo, Navaho
  • formidableOccitan
  • wspaniały, super, wielki, świetny, świetnie, fajnie, fajnoPolish
  • لوی, غوره, سترPashto, Pushto
  • grandioso, ótimo, distinto, grande, enorme, magnífico, bemPortuguese
  • hatunQuechua
  • mare, superb, minunat, [[foarte]] [[bun]]Romanian
  • вели́кий, великоле́пный, отли́чный, чуде́сный, замеча́тельный, прекра́сный, класс, отли́чно, здо́рово, большойRussian
  • odličan, izvrstan, вѐлик, одличан, vèlik, голем, изврстан, golemSerbo-Croatian
  • veľký, skvelýSlovak
  • odličen, velikSlovene
  • stor, jättebraSwedish
  • бузургTajik
  • ยอดเยี่ยมThai
  • ünlüTurkish
  • чудо́вий, вели́кий, чуде́сний, прекра́снийUkrainian
  • زبردستUrdu
  • tuyệtVietnamese
  • גרויסYiddish
  • Chinese

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    being essentially equal to something
    • A. inexpiable
    • B. tantamount
    • C. naiant
    • D. jejune

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