\ ˈgrāt How to pronounce great (audio) , Southern also ˈgre(ə)t \

Definition of great

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : notably large in size : huge all creatures great and small
b : of a kind characterized by relative largeness used in plant and animal names the great horned owl
c : elaborate, ample great detail
2a : large in number or measure : numerous great multitudes
b : predominant the great majority
3 : remarkable in magnitude, degree, or effectiveness great bloodshed
4 used as a generalized term of approval had a great timeIt was just great.
5a : eminent, distinguished a great poet
b : aristocratic, grand great ladies
c : chief or preeminent over others often used in titles Lord Great Chamberlain
6 : markedly superior in character or quality especially : noble great of soul
7a : remarkably skilled great at tennis
b : marked by enthusiasm : keen great on science fiction
8 : more remote in a family relationship by a single generation than a specified relative great-grandfather
9 : long continued a great while
10 : principal, main a reception in the great hall
11 : full of emotion great with anger



Definition of great (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a great manner : well Things are going great.


plural great or greats

Definition of great (Entry 3 of 3)

: an outstandingly superior or skillful person a tribute to the greats of baseball

Examples of great in a Sentence

Adjective all creatures great and small The project will require a great amount of time and money. The building was restored at great expense. a great quantity of fish The low cost of these products gives them great appeal. There is a very great need for reform. They're in no great hurry to finish. There is a great demand for his services. an actress of great charm Is there any love greater than that between parent and child? Adverb We had some problems at first, but now things are going just great. Keep up the good work. You're doing great!
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Hamm was great despite a club on his hand, but Franklin had too much firepower. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Nov. 2021 Conventional loans are great for anyone with a solid credit score and two years of tax returns. Mikhal Weiner, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Nov. 2021 Historically, the right has considered a great deal of human variation to be genetically determined and often intractable, meaning social intervention can’t remedy genetic inequalities. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 Sure, kicking back with friends at a Descanso Beach Club cabana is great. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 Giving during the holidays is great, and there is no shortage of deserving organizations doing amazing work. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 17 Nov. 2021 The conditions were not great so that maybe contributed to it, also. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 17 Nov. 2021 That doesn’t mean, overall, their outlook is great. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2021 Alabama’s defense, which has been great after the loss to Texas A&M, will have to be elite for the Crimson Tide to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff. Joseph Goodman |, al, 17 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But Phelps notes that the club is doing great these days. Christopher Arnott,, 16 Nov. 2021 His early teams played great on occasion, but bad on others. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Nov. 2021 For the Seahawks, Russell Wilson played great through three quarters but struggled in the fourth. oregonlive, 20 Sep. 2021 The Sox played great for the first three months of the season but faded in August and September., 15 Sep. 2021 The defense played great, especially with three turnovers in the first half. Ben Thomas |, al, 3 Sep. 2021 Sure, the European grapes — all our Cabernet Sauvignons and Pinot Noirs and Syrahs — are working great in California now. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 May 2021 But for too long, the economy has worked great for those at the top, while working families continually get squeezed. CNN, 28 Oct. 2021 In order to have a better understanding of how to get started, first spend some time researching what technologies are doing great in your industry and line of work. Sagar Tarawade, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The good as well as the great can earn rings alike, and these Giants are more than merely good. Christina Kahrl, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Sep. 2021 Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said the 80-year-old soccer great is in an intensive care unit and will be transferred to a regular room on Tuesday., 6 Sep. 2021 Florida State backup quarterback McKenzie Milton nearly pulled off an emotional victory on a night the Seminoles honored Bobby Bowden, the coaching great who died at 91 of pancreatic cancer on Aug. 8., 6 Sep. 2021 Bowden, the coaching great who won two national titles with the Seminoles, died at 91 of pancreatic cancer Aug. 8. Bob Ferrante, ajc, 6 Sep. 2021 The Mexican-American great credited his comeback to Mike Tyson after the heavyweight icon competed in an exhibition last year versus Roy Jones Jr. at Staples Center. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2021 The backers of the league, CBS included, love the dynamic of an underdog upstaging a national great. Jenna Fryer, Star Tribune, 10 June 2021 Born in 1864, Anna Jarvis died in 1948 — the same era as my great-grandmothers Sophie and Lula. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, 9 May 2021 The quarterback great joined NBC Sports on Monday, a day after announcing his retirement from the NFL. Chron, 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of great


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


13th century, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for great

Adjective, Adverb, and Noun

Middle English grete, from Old English grēat; akin to Old High German grōz large

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English Language Learners Definition of great

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: very large in size : very big
used in the names of animals that are larger than similar animals
: very large in amount or extent



English Language Learners Definition of great (Entry 2 of 3)

: very well



English Language Learners Definition of great (Entry 3 of 3)

: a very successful or admired person


\ ˈgrāt How to pronounce great (audio) \
greater; greatest

Kids Definition of great

1 : very large in size : huge a great mountain
2 : large in amount a great crowd
3 : long entry 1 sense 2 a great while
4 : much beyond the ordinary a great success
5 : important sense 1, distinguished a great artist
6 : very talented or successful She's great at diving.
7 : very good We had a great time.

Other Words from great

greatly adverb He's greatly admired.

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