\ 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

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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 With National Savings Day coming up October 12, now is a great opportunity for employers to evaluate their current savings offerings for employees. Ron Gaver, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 But the call itself was a blunder: The full-yard distance was too great for a sneak, especially with a quarterback who’s only 6-foot and 200 pounds. oregonlive, 4 Oct. 2021 And certainly, Osa got a great opportunity with Neville going down and Trysten taking some time coming off his knee injury from last year. Dallas News, 2 Oct. 2021 The round trip six-mile ride would be a great opportunity for our son to ride on a wide, even surface with no worries about traffic. Nushin Huq, Chron, 1 Oct. 2021 The month-ahead view this morning doesn't look great for equities. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 1 Oct. 2021 The College Park side of Lake Ivanhoe is great for watching the sunrise. Patrick Connolly,, 1 Oct. 2021 This is great for the program, but a mixed bag for some of the players., 1 Oct. 2021 My offensive line does a great job opening up holes for me. Steve Millar,, 30 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Braedyn Locke didn’t even play great in that game against Cedar Hill in Week 1... Dallas News, 11 Sep. 2021 Technically, the stock is acting great and simply pulling back from its record high just hit a few days ago. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Good can beat great — if the former is fortunate and the latter is fatheaded. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Sep. 2021 The bit of cornstarch called for in most recipes will leave you with a great-tasting pie that must be eaten with a spoon. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Aug. 2021 On the hair front, Kourtney Kardashian made way for new beginnings with a turn-of-the-season chop, her wavy lob a classic cut that looks great dressed up or down with minimal effort. Michella Oré, Vogue, 22 Aug. 2021 The defense that Zimmer could turn great, in Sid's sunny view, turned out to be horrid from the get-go in 2020. Star Tribune, 28 July 2021 But Ledecky found her rhythm — and was grateful to be able to train in the backyard swimming pool of Tod Spieker, a former NCAA swimming great. Adam Carlson,, 21 July 2021 There are sea cellars in Greece, Italy, Spain and Chile, some of them inspired by stories about great-tasting wines found during discoveries of decades-old sunken ships. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 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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The first known use of great was before the 12th century

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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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