great

adjective
\ 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

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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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 As the final seconds elapsed on his historic night, Booker left the floor with thoughts about the man who became legend in the arena, his idol, the late, great Kobe Bryant. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2021 In one great throwback, some cabinets have screened fronts to let air cycle through, an old way to store produce. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 6 June 2021 The two have a great relationship that goes back years. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 June 2021 Arkansas is in great hands under Coach Pittman's watch. Arkansas Online, 5 June 2021 But while the Cardinals are in a great position, things weren’t always looking so peachy. Joe Magill, cleveland, 5 June 2021 Whether exploring on legs or wheels, Seminole Wekiva provides a great opportunity for exercise with no shortage of scenery. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 4 June 2021 The screen is bright and sharp, and photos really look great. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 Designed with warm wood tones and an aesthetically pleasing rustic finish, this table will look great in any living room. Tim Kohut, BGR, 3 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Some of the mega-caps are doing great in 2021, with FB up 20% and GOOGL up 36% as of midday Thursday. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 27 May 2021 The handles are made from soft, doubly thick cushions that work great for people with large or small hands. Chris Hachey, BGR, 19 May 2021 But back then, Mitchell was rolling, Bogdanovic was playing great, Clarkson was on a weeks-long hot-streak, and everything was just very easy for the Jazz. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Mar. 2021 The Beavers caught a good Stanford team playing great, the type of performance national title-contending teams are capable of displaying. oregonlive, 6 Mar. 2021 In the case of Imperial Extreme 2000MG, a male enhancement supplement produced by S&B Shopper LLC, the pills worked great, but for a very bad reason. Mike Wehner, BGR, 26 Mar. 2021 Disposable foot warmers work great and are a better fit for tighter budgets. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, 22 Feb. 2021 As Chief Executive and based on my private trade of Facilities my broad and innovative approach to all issues and ability to work with others has worked out great!! baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 29 Apr. 2021 The Aaron Gordon addition should work out great for them. Larry Starks, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Born in 1864, Anna Jarvis died in 1948 — the same era as my great-grandmothers Sophie and Lula. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, 9 May 2021 The quarterback great joined NBC Sports on Monday, a day after announcing his retirement from the NFL. Chron, 15 Mar. 2021 The right-handers would often talk, the 24-year-old Flaherty soaking up advice from the great who wore No. 45. NBC News, 3 Oct. 2020 The teams held a moment of silence before the game for Diego Maradona, the Argentine great who died earlier this week. Chronicle News Services, SFChronicle.com, 27 Nov. 2020 The right-handers would often talk, the 24-year-old Flaherty soaking up advice from the great who wore No. 45. NBC News, 3 Oct. 2020 The right-handers would often talk, the 24-year-old Flaherty soaking up advice from the great who wore No. 45. NBC News, 3 Oct. 2020 The right-handers would often talk, the 24-year-old Flaherty soaking up advice from the great who wore No. 45. NBC News, 3 Oct. 2020 The right-handers would often talk, the 24-year-old Flaherty soaking up advice from the great who wore No. 45. NBC News, 3 Oct. 2020

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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, 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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“Great.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/great. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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great

adjective

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

great

adverb

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

informal : very well

great

noun

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

: a very successful or admired person

great

adjective
\ 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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