great

adjective
\ˈgrāt, 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 : full of emotion great with anger

5a : eminent, distinguished a great poet

b : chief or preeminent over others often used in titles Lord Great Chamberlain

c : aristocratic, grand great ladies

6 : long continued a great while

7 : principal, main a reception in the great hall

8 : more remote in a family relationship by a single generation than a specified relative great-grandfather

9 : markedly superior in character or quality especially : noble great of soul

10a : remarkably skilled great at tennis

b : marked by enthusiasm : keen great on science fiction

11 used as a generalized term of approval had a great timeit was just great

great

adverb

Definition of great (Entry 2 of 3)

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

great

noun
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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Other Words from great

Adjective

greatness noun

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

But perhaps his greatest assignment will be to repair the broken corporate culture that seems to be at the core of all Uber’s troubles. Deb Gabor, Fortune, "Why Uber Was Right Not to Hire a Female CEO," 30 Aug. 2017 Prior to Houston’s floods, the Sacramento region was often described as the U.S. metropolitan area at second-greatest risk of a devastating flood, after New Orleans. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Think Harvey-like flooding couldn’t happen to Sacramento? Think again.," 30 Aug. 2017 While most residents were satisfied with their interactions with police, white respondents reported greater satisfaction than their non-white counterparts. jsonline.com, "Trust damaged between Milwaukee police and community, Department of Justice draft report says," 30 Aug. 2017 Photograph courtesy of Barcade Once named one of America’s best bars by Esquire, Barcade boasts seven locations around greater New York, but this will be their first venture outside the I-95 corridor. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Barcade Is Opening in L.A., and Our Joystick Thumbs Are Trembling," 30 Aug. 2017 Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. Scott Spillman, New Republic, "War, Civil War, or Revolution?," 30 Aug. 2017 Indonesia joins Bolivia, Argentina and other countries that have sought a greater say in the resources under their soil. Jon Emont, New York Times, "Freeport to Give Indonesia a Majority Stake in Its Grasberg Mine," 29 Aug. 2017 Those students who ended up at better schools made greater academic gains than those who did not, and again, the effect was most pronounced for black and Hispanic students in poverty. Monique Judge, The Root, "Closing Low-Performing Schools More Likely to Negatively Affect Black and Hispanic Students: Report," 29 Aug. 2017 Now, as one can see, there’s greater flexibility among journalists. The Hive, "How Silicon Valley Has Changed Hurricane Coverage," 28 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Of course, any dress goes great with a night of dancing and a slice of pizza. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Someone Ordered a Cart Full of Pizzas to the Royal Wedding Reception," 20 May 2018 The exquisite strike from the Argentina great sparked the first of several celebrations from an animated Diego Maradona, who screamed, shouted and made obscene gestures — and raised concerns for his health. Washington Post, "Messi finally scores, Argentina advances at World Cup," 26 June 2018 These burgers taste great unadorned, but feel free to top them with accompaniments of your choice. Bonnie S. Benwick, charlotteobserver, "Spicy, smoky, cheesy, melty burgers — on the inside," 19 June 2018 Something tells us Damon and Curt Schilling got along great back in the day. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, "Johnny Damon on his support for Trump: ‘He’s not there to be your friend’," 31 May 2018 Kevin has putted great here the last couple of years. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "Sunday's Zurich Classic 4th Round pairings," 28 Apr. 2018 Those fried shallots—which are available at Asian supermarkets—put it over the top, but regular ol' jarred fried onions will work great too. Lauren Schaefer, Bon Appetit, "Curry-Cucumber Dip with Fried Shallots," 9 Apr. 2018 Fortunately, there are a great many pass-through business owners and corporate shareholders who could sorely use some of those. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "We Must Cancel Everyone’s Student Debt, for the Economy’s Sake," 9 Feb. 2018 The kinds of gods so great even the blind can see them. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Deana Lawson’s Kingdom of Restored Glory," 8 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His folk festivals enabled me to see Bukka White and a lot of other old blues greats, Cajun musicians, like Jo-El Sonnier, and bluegrass legends, like Bill Monroe. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lou Curtiss, a key mentor to Tom Waits, Jack Tempchin and other musicians, has died at 79," 10 July 2018 Oh, and then think about how much of the rest of the cast of the film consists of former NBA and WNBA greats — including Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Lisa Leslie, Nate Robinson, and Shaquille O’Neal himself — also in old-age makeup. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why Uncle Drew looks to be a summer sleeper hit," 3 July 2018 More than a decade later, her 2014 French Open tournament victory solidified her place among the greats. Vogue, "Tennis Star Garbiñe Muguruza on Living the Dream," 29 June 2018 Second of all, the party line-up was an incredible roster of hip-hop greats — KRS-One, Rakim, Jadakiss, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge, with DJ D-Nice spinning. Danielle C. Belton, The Root, "Marvel's Luke Cage Premiere Party Was Cool and I Was Cool Too For Once," 24 June 2018 The logic that only World Cup winners could be true greats is an antiquated one. Rory Smith, New York Times, "How Argentina Lost Its Way. (Spoiler: It’s Not Messi’s Fault.)," 22 June 2018 The teal is back this weekend, and so are some past Marlins greats. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Jeff Conine, Livan Hernandez among former Marlins attending 25th anniversary celebration," 5 June 2018 Last year there were 10 former greats inducted, including Miami Hurricanes legendary safety Ed Reed. Susan Miller Degnan, miamiherald, "Three Canes greats, including a UM coach, on 2019 College Football Hall of Fame ballot," 4 June 2018 The fourth-year manager will enter a clubhouse filled with the game's greats — Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge almost assuredly among them. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' A.J. Hinch, Royals' Ned Yost reflect on shared All-Star experience," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of great

Adjective

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

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for great

Adjective

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

Adverb

see great entry 1

Noun

see great entry 1

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great

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of great

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very well

great

noun

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

: a very successful or admired person

great

adjective
\ˈgrāt \
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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