Great definitions

grāt
Of much more than ordinary size, extent, volume, etc.
  • 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.
adjective
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Much higher in some quality or degree; much above the ordinary or average.
  • 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.
adjective
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Of most importance; main; chief.

The great seal.

adjective
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Clever; expert; skillful.

Great at tennis.

adjective
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Excellent; splendid; fine.
adjective
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Pregnant.
adjective
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Very well.
adverb
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Older (or younger) by one generation.

Great-aunt, great-great-grandson.

affix
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A great or distinguished person.
noun
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Being one generation removed from the relative specified. Often used in combination.

A great-granddaughter.

adjective
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Pregnant.
adjective
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Very well.

Got along great with the teacher.

adverb
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Used as an intensive with certain adjectives.

A great big kiss.

adverb
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One that is great.

A composer considered among the greats.

noun
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Very big, large scale.

A great storm is approaching our shores.

adjective
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Superior; admirable; commanding; applied to thoughts, actions, and feelings.

A great nature.

adjective
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Very good.

Dinner was great.

adjective
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Endowed with extraordinary powers; uncommonly gifted; able to accomplish vast results; strong; powerful; mighty; noble.

A great hero, scholar, genius, philosopher, etc.

adjective
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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.

adjective
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adjective
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More than ordinary in degree; very considerable.

To use great caution; to be in great pain.

adjective
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Title referring to an important leader.

Alexander the Great.

adjective
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Very well (in a very satisfactory manner)

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

adverb
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Of a larger size than other, similar forms.

The great anteater.

adjective
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Large in quantity or number.

A great throng awaited us.

adjective
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Extensive in time or distance.

A great delay; a great way off.

adjective
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Remarkable or outstanding in magnitude, degree, or extent.

A great crisis; great anticipation.

adjective
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Of outstanding significance or importance.

A great work of art.

adjective
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Chief or principal.

The great house on the estate.

adjective
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Superior in quality or character; noble.

A great man who dedicated himself to helping others.

adjective
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Powerful; influential.

One of the great nations of the West.

adjective
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Eminent; distinguished.

A great leader.

adjective
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Very good; first-rate.

We had a great time at the dance.

adjective
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Very skillful.

She is great at algebra.

adjective
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Enthusiastic.

A great lover of music.

adjective
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A division of most pipe organs, usually containing the most powerful ranks of pipes.
noun
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A similar division of other organs.
noun
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Expression of gladness and content about something.

Great! Thanks for the wonderful work.

interjection
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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.

interjection
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A person of major significance, accomplishment or acclaim.

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

noun
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(typographically plural, grammatically singular proper noun) A course of academic study devoted to the works of such persons and also known as Literae Humaniores; the "Greats" name has official status with respect to Oxford University's program and is widely used as a colloquialism in reference to similar programs elsewhere.

Spencer read Greats at Oxford, taking a starred first.

noun
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(music) The main division in a pipe organ, usually the loudest division.
noun
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With familial designations, used to denote a removal of one generation.

Great-uncle (an uncle of one's mother or father)

Great-grandfather (the father of one's grandfather)

Great-great-grandfather (a grandfather of one's grandfather)

Great-great-great-grandfather, etc.

(informal) Fourth-great-uncle, etc. (same as great-great-great-great-uncle.

(informal) Fourth-great-grandfather, etc. (same as great-great-great-great-grandfather.

prefix
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Very large in size, extent, or intensity.

A great pile of rubble; a great storm.

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Origin of great

From Middle English greet (“great, large”), from Old English grēat (“big, thick, coarse, stour, massive”), from Proto-Germanic *grautaz (“big in size, coarse, coarse grained”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghrewə- (“to fell, put down, fall in”). Cognate with Scots great (“coarse in grain or texture, thick, great”), West Frisian grut (“large, great”), Dutch groot (“large, stour”), German groß (“large”), Old English grēot (“earth, sand, grit”), Latin grandis (“great,big”), Albanian ngre (“I lift, heave, stand, elevate”). More at grit.