great


great
great [grāt]
adj.
[ME grete < OE great, akin to Ger gross, Du groot < IE base * ghrēu-, rub hard over, crumble > GRIT, Welsh gro, sand: basic sense “coarse, coarsegrained”]
1. of much more than ordinary size, extent, volume, etc.; esp.,
a) designating a thing or group of things larger than others of the same kind [the great cats are tigers, lions, etc.; the Great Lakes]
b) large in number, quantity, etc.; numerous [a great company]
c) long in duration [a great while]
2. much higher in some quality or degree; much above the ordinary or average; esp.,
a) existing in a high degree; intense [a great light, great pain]
b) very much of a; acting much as (something specified) [a great reader]
c) eminent; distinguished; illustrious; superior [a great playwright]
d) very impressive or imposing; remarkable [great ceremony]
e) having or showing nobility of mind, purpose, etc.; grand [a great man, great ideas]
3. of most importance; main; chief [the great seal]
4. Informal clever; expert; skillful: usually with at [great at tennis ]
5. Informal excellent; splendid; fine
6. Now Chiefly Dial. pregnant: chiefly in great with child
adv.
Informal very well
n.
a great or distinguished person usually used in pl.
SYN.- LARGE
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great on
Informal enthusiastic about
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the great
those who are great
greatly
adv.
greatness
n.

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