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great

adjective (BIG)    /ɡreɪt/
A2 large in amount, size, or degree: an enormous great hole A great crowd had gathered outside the president's palace. The improvement in water standards over the last 50 years has been very great. A great many people would agree. The great majority of (= almost all) people would agree.formal It gives us great pleasure to announce the engagement of our daughter Maria.formal It is with great sorrow that I inform you of the death of our director. I have great sympathy for you. I spent a great deal of time there.Big and quite bigEnormous [before noun] used in names, especially to mean large or important: a Great Dane (= large type of dog) Catherine the Great the Great Wall of China the Great Bear (= group of stars)Big and quite bigEnormous greatness     /ˈɡreɪt.nəs/ noun [U] B2 skill and importance: Her greatness as a writer is unquestioned.Skill, talent and ability
(Definition of great adjective (BIG) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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