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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
great /greɪt/USA pronunciation
adj., -er, -est,adv., n., pl. greats,(esp. when thought of as a group )great,interj.
unusually or comparatively large in size, dimensions, or number;
numerous:great herds of buffalo.
unusual or considerable in degree, power, or intensity:great pain.
first-rate; excellent:to have a great time.
[before a noun] notable; remarkable:a great occasion.
[before a noun] important;
consequential:the great issues in American history.
[before a noun] distinguished; famous:a great inventor.
[before a noun] of noble character:great thoughts.
[before a noun] of high rank or social standing:a great lady.
having unusual merit; very admirable:a great statesman.
[before a noun] of great or unusual length:to wait a great while.
- [be + ~ + on/for] enthusiastic about some specified activity:She's a great one for talking.
[before a noun] being of one generation older or younger than the family relative specified (used in combination):a great-grandson.
Informal Terms[Informal.]very well:Things are going great.
very:a great big hole.
[countable] a person who has achieved distinction in a field:one of the theater's greats.
[part of a title; the + ~] This word is used as part of the title of a king or ruler who is or was considered very important:Alexander the Great.
This word is used to express acceptance, appreciation, approval, admiration, etc.:You won the award? Great!
This word is used ironically to express disappointment, annoyance, distress, etc.:Oh, great. Another visit from the in-laws.
great•ness, n. [uncountable]
- [be + ~ + at] skillful; expert:She's great at golf.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
great /ɡreɪt/ adj
- 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
- 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 followed by at) skilful or adroit: a great carpenter, you are great at singing
- informal excellent; fantastic
Etymology: Old English grēat; related to Old Frisian grāt, Old High German grōz; see grit, groatˈgreatly adv ˈgreatness n
Also called: great organ the principal manual on an organ