- designating a big city and the cities and towns surrounding it, esp. such an area included in the U.S. census: Greater Cleveland
- designating a country and the nearby states or regions that it claims, has taken by force, etc., as because of their ethnic composition
- Of, relating to, or being a city considered together with its populous suburbs: the greater metropolitan area of Dallas; Greater Los Angeles.
- Of, relating to, or being a region considered to be the rightful homeland of a particular people, particularly when extending beyond the current boundaries of their country: Hitler's desire for a Greater Germany led him to annex the Sudetenland.
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