Translation of "great" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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greatadjective

uk /ɡreɪt/ us /ɡreɪt/

great adjective (BIG)

A2 large in amount, size, or degree

大量的;巨大的;强烈的
an enormous great hole 巨大的洞
The issue is of great importance to voters. 一大群人聚集在总统官邸外面。
The improvement in water standards over the last 50 years has been very great. 过去50年中,水质有了很大的提高。
A great many people would agree. 很多人会表示赞同。
The great majority of (= almost all) people would agree. 绝大多数人都会表示赞同。
formal It gives us great pleasure to announce the engagement of our daughter Maria. 我们非常高兴地宣布我们的女儿玛丽亚订婚了。
formal It is with great sorrow that I inform you of the death of our director. 我万分悲痛地通知您我们院长逝世的消息。
I have great sympathy for you. 我对你深表同情。
I spent a great deal of time there. 我在那儿度过了很长时间。

[ before noun ] used in names, especially to mean large or important

(用在名称中,尤用于表示大或重要)大
a Great Dane (= large type of dog) 大丹犬
Catherine the Great 叶卡捷琳娜大帝(指叶卡捷琳娜二世)
the Great Wall of China 中国长城
the Great Bear (= group of stars) 大熊星座

More examples

  • A great number of women used to die in childbirth.
  • For a goalkeeper, it's a great advantage to have big hands.
  • He's a great comfort to his mother.
  • She has finally got the job she wanted, but at great personal cost .
  • The pay differential between workers and management is too great.

great adjective (FAMOUS)

B2 approving famous, powerful, or important as one of a particular type

卓越的;伟大的;杰出的;重大的
a great politician/leader/artist/man/woman 伟大的政治家/领导人/艺术家/人/女性
This is one of Rembrandt's greatest paintings. 这是伦勃朗最杰出的油画作品之一。
Who do you think is the greatest modern novelist? 你认为谁是最伟大的现代小说家?

More examples

  • The cinematic effects in her films are clearly borrowed from the great film-makers of the past.
  • Rome, Carthage and Athens were some of the great city-states of the ancient world.
  • Gathered all together in this church, we commemorate those who lost their lives in the great war.
  • As a child, he aspired to be a great writer.
  • Despite her limitations as an actress, she was a great entertainer.

great adjective (EXTREME)

B1 extreme

极大的;极度的
great success/difficulty 巨大的胜利/极度困难

More examples

  • We're living in a time of great change.
  • The numerous awards on the walls bear witness to his great success.
  • It takes great skill to weave a basket from/out of rushes.
  • To my great surprise, they agreed to all our demands.
  • The George Cross is a decoration that is bestowed on British civilians for acts of great bravery.

great adjective (GOOD)

A1 informal very good

美妙的;好极的;很棒的
a great idea 好主意
We had a great time last night at the party. 昨晚聚会上我们玩得开心极了。
It's great to see you after all this time! 分开那么长时间,再见到你真是太高兴了!
"I'll lend you the car if you like." "Great! Thanks a lot!" “你要是想开的话,我可以把车借给你。”“那太好了!多谢!”
"What's your new teacher like?" "Oh, he's great." “你的新老师怎么样?”“噢,他棒极了。”
"How are you feeling now?" "Great." “现在你的感觉怎样?”“好极了。”

informal used to mean that something is very bad

(用于表示某事非常糟糕)真棒,真绝,真好
Oh great ! That's all I need - more bills! 嘿,真绝!我就差这些了——又来账单了!

More examples

  • Everyone says it's a great movie, but I think it's overrated.
  • My new hiking boots will be great once I've broken them in.
  • Ireland boasts beautiful beaches, great restaurants and friendly locals.
  • I think the party was great.
  • There's a great film on TV at midnight.
greatness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈɡreɪt.nəs/ us /ˈɡreɪt.nəs/

B2 skill and importance

伟大;卓著;杰出
Her greatness as a writer is unquestioned. 她是一名伟大的作家,这无可置疑。

greatadverb [ before noun ], adjective

uk /ɡreɪt/ us /ɡreɪt/ informal

B2 used to emphasize the meaning of another word

(表示强调)
a great big spider 巨型蜘蛛
a great long queue 排得特别长的队
You great idiot! 你这个大傻瓜!
Pat's a great friend of mine. 帕特是我非常要好的朋友。

More examples

  • They left a great enormous pile of washing-up in the sink.
  • Take your great fat hands off my private things, you!
  • Who parked that horrible great lorry right outside my window?
  • She had a whopping great bruise on her arm.
  • He just stood there with a silly great grin on his face.

greatnoun [ C ]

uk /ɡreɪt/ us /ɡreɪt/

a famous person in a particular area of activity

伟人;大人物;名人
former tennis great Arthur Ashe 前网坛名将阿瑟‧阿希
Woody Allen, one of the all-time greats of the cinema 伍迪‧艾伦,有史以来最伟大的电影巨擘之一

great-prefix

uk /ɡreɪt-/ us /ɡreɪt-/

used with a word for a family member to mean one generation away from that member

(与表示家庭成员的词连用,表示更高或更低一辈)曾
your great-grandmother (= the grandmother of one of your parents) 你的(外)曾祖母
your great-grandson (= the grandson of your child) 你的曾(外)孙

More examples

  • This is your great-uncle George. He's Daddy's uncle.
  • I have seven grandchildren, and lots of great-nephews and -nieces.
  • Adelia was my great-aunt and a very grand old lady.
  • He is the great-great-grandson of Sigmund Freud.
  • We found the graves of my great-great-grandfather and his first and second wives.

(Translation of “great” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)