Definitions of great

  1. marked by active interest and enthusiasm; " an avid sports fan"; " a great walker"; " an eager beaver"
  2. ( informal) very good; " a bully pulpit"; " a neat sports car"; " had a great time at the party"; " you look simply smashing"
  3. in an advanced stage of pregnancy; " was big with child"; " was great with child"
  4. uppercase; " capital A"; " great A"; " many medieval manuscripts are in majuscule script"
  5. ( used of persons) standing above others in character or attainment or reputation; " our distinguished professor"; " an eminent scholar"; " a great statesman"
  6. remarkable or out of the ordinary in degree or magnitude or effect; " a great crisis"; " had a great stake in the outcome"
  7. more than usual; " great expectations"; " great worry"
  8. relatively large in size or number or extent; larger than others of its kind; " a great juicy steak"; " a great multitude"; " the great auk"; " a great old oak"; " a great ocean liner"; " a great delay"
  9. of major significance or importance; " a great work of art"; " Einstein was one of the outstanding figures of the 20th century"
  10. very good; " he did a bully job"; " a neat sports car"; " had a great time at the party"; " you look simply smashing"
  11. Large in number; numerous; as, a great company, multitude, series, etc.
  12. Long continued; lengthened in duration; prolonged in time; as, a great while; a great interval.
  13. Endowed with extraordinary powers; uncommonly gifted; able to accomplish vast results; strong; powerful; mighty; noble; as, a great hero, scholar, genius, philosopher, etc.
  14. Holding a chief position; elevated: lofty: eminent; distingushed; foremost; principal; as, great men; the great seal; the great marshal, etc.
  15. Entitled to earnest consideration; weighty; important; as, a great argument, truth, or principle.
  16. Pregnant; big ( with young).
  17. More than ordinary in degree; very considerable in degree; as, to use great caution; to be in great pain.
  18. The whole; the gross; as, a contract to build a ship by the great.
  19. Greatness.
  20. Large in space; of much size; big; immense; enormous; expanded; - opposed to small and little; as, a great house, ship, farm, plain, distance, length.
  21. Superior; admirable; commanding; - applied to thoughts, actions, and feelings.
  22. Older, younger, or more remote, by single generation; - often used before grand to indicate one degree more remote in the direct line of descent; as, great- grandfather ( a grandfather's or a grandmother's father), great- grandson, etc.
  23. Large; chief; weighty; eminent; high in rank or position; noble; accomplished; long continued; showing a step of relationship by blood.
  24. Noble, or influential, people; with the.
  25. Greatly.
  26. Large: long- continued: superior: distinguished: highly gifted: noble: mighty: sublime: of high rank: chief: proud: weighty: indicating one degree more remote in the direct line of descent, as GREAT- GRANDFATHER, GREAT- GRANDSON.
  27. Large; numerous; chief; important; distinguished.
  28. Of large size, quantity, number, or duration; big; vast; numerous; prolonged.
  29. Important; mighty; eminent; distinguished; magnanimous; grand.
  30. More remote by one generation; as, great- grandfather, etc.
  31. Large; of large amount; long- continued; weighty; chief; of vast power and excellence; supreme; vast; wonderful; able; accomplished; distinguished; eminent; dignitied; magnanimous; magnificent; sublime; noble; proud; pregnant; difficult; distant by one more generation, in the ascending or descending line; pre- eminent.
  32. The whole; the gross; the lump; people of rank or distinction.
  33. Large or considerable in bulk, dimensions, or number; weighty; adorable; marvellous; principal; having rank or power; illustrious; eminent; of a high and noble character; expressing an extension or unusual degree of a thing; pregnant; a word used in the more remote steps of consanguinity, either ascending or descending, as great- grandfather; hard, difficult, or grievous.

Usage examples for great

  1. An' there's better things nor bein' a great man, efter a'. – David Elginbrod by George MacDonald
  2. He had no great Father, as we have. – A Tramp's Sketches by Stephen Graham
  3. Never have I, poor woman, had such great need of this. – The Nibelungenlied by Unknown
  4. " Because I know what great trouble you are in. – The King of Ireland's Son by Padraic Colum
  5. She wanted to be the wife of a great man. – The Gay Cockade by Temple Bailey
  6. He is in a great hurry, I think. – The Hour and the Man An Historical Romance by Harriet Martineau
  7. My husband, the great Mukaukas? – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  8. Man who alone is really great – Maxim Gorki by Hans Ostwald
  9. He did so, for a great part of the day. – The Art of the Story-Teller by Marie L. Shedlock
  10. " Before I met my wife, I did see a great deal of Mrs. Masterson. – A Man's Hearth by Eleanor M. Ingram
  11. " There is a lady who is a great friend of mine; she doesn'twant to go; I always talk to her about it. – Four Meetings by Henry James
  12. But about the great lady? – Fair Margaret by H. Rider Haggard
  13. Nothing very great so far, I'm sorry to say. – The Golden Silence by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  14. She took a great fancy to you. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  15. You are a great man. – O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921 by Various
  16. Been doin' anything great – The Dark Flower by John Galsworthy
  17. Now, we have no great use for talking. – The Cattle-Baron's Daughter by Harold Bindloss
  18. " Yes; she did tell me this, and a great deal more. – The Midnight Queen by May Agnes Fleming
  19. A young man of great promise. – The Jervaise Comedy by J. D. Beresford