- The definition of great is very much above the ordinary quality or size.
- An example of great is scoring 90 on a test.
- An example of great is the dimensions of an elephant.
great definition by Webster's New World
- of much more than ordinary size, extent, volume, etc.; esp.,
- designating a thing or group of things larger than others of the same kind: the great cats are tigers, lions, etc.; the Great Lakes
- large in number, quantity, etc.; numerous: a great company
- long in duration: a great while
- much higher in some quality or degree; much above the ordinary or average; esp.,
- existing in a high degree; intense: a great light, great pain
- very much of a; acting much as (something specified): a great reader
- eminent; distinguished; illustrious; superior: a great playwright
- very impressive or imposing; remarkable: great ceremony
- having or showing nobility of mind, purpose, etc.; grand: a great man, great ideas
- of most importance; main; chief: the great seal
- Informal clever; expert; skillful: usually with at: great at tennis
- ☆ Informal excellent; splendid; fine
- Now Chiefly Dial. pregnantchiefly in great with child
Origin: Middle English grete ; from Old English great, akin to German gross, Dutch groot ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ghrēu-, rub hard over, crumble from source grit, Welsh gro, sand: basic sense “coarse, coarsegrained”
Origin: ; from great, taken as intensifier
great definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective great·er, great·est
- Very large in size.
- Larger in size than others of the same kind.
- Large in quantity or number: A great throng awaited us. See Synonyms at large.
- Extensive in time or distance: a great delay.
- Remarkable or outstanding in magnitude, degree, or extent: a great crisis.
- Of outstanding significance or importance: a great work of art.
- Chief or principal: the great house on the estate.
- Superior in quality or character; noble: “For he was great, ere fortune made him so” (John Dryden).
- Powerful; influential: one of the great nations of the West.
- Eminent; distinguished: a great leader.
- Grand; aristocratic.
- Informal Enthusiastic: a great lover of music.
- Informal Very skillful: great at algebra.
- Informal Very good; first-rate: We had a great time at the dance.
- Being one generation removed from the relative specified. Often used in combination: a great-granddaughter.
- Archaic Pregnant.
- pl. greats or great One that is great: a composer considered among the greats.
- Music a. A division of most pipe organs, usually containing the most powerful ranks of pipes.b. A similar division of other organs.
Origin: Middle English grete, from Old English grēat, thick, coarse.
- greatˈly adverb
- greatˈness noun
great - Phrases/Idioms