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greatadjective [-er/-est only]

us   /ɡreɪt/
large or unusually large in amount or degree: the Great Lakes He went on to great success as an actor. There was a great deal of (= a lot of) excitement in the classroom before lunch.
important, powerful, or famous: a great president a great athlete
infml very good or very effective; excellent: We had a great time. She has a great voice. This stuff is great for cleaning windows.
greatness
noun [U] us   /ˈɡreɪt·nəs/
Her greatness as a writer is beyond question.

greatnoun [C]

us   /ɡreɪt/
  • great noun [C] (IMPORTANT PERSON)

a famous person in a particular area of activity: This sports facility is named after the tennis great Arthur Ashe.

great-prefix

us   /ˌɡreɪt/
  • great- prefix (FAMILIES)

used with a word for a family member, such as grandmother, to mean one generation older than that family member: great-grandmother
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"great" in British English

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greatadjective

uk   /ɡreɪt/ us   /ɡreɪt/
  • great adjective (BIG)

A2 large in amount, size, or degree: an enormous great hole The issue is of great importance to voters. 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.
[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)
greater than specialized
larger in number or amount than: X must be equal to or greater than 10.

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  • great adjective (FAMOUS)

B2 approving famous, powerful, or important as one of a particular type: a great politician/leader/artist/man/woman This is one of Rembrandt's greatest paintings. Who do you think is the greatest modern novelist?

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  • great adjective (EXTREME)

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  • great adjective (GOOD)

A1 informal very good: a great idea We had a great time last night at the party. It's great to see you after all this time! "I'll lend you the car if you like." "Great! Thanks a lot!" "What's your new teacher like?" "Oh, he's great." "How are you feeling now?" "Great."
informal used to mean that something is very bad: Oh great ! That's all I need - more bills!

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greatness
noun [U] uk   /ˈɡreɪt.nəs/ us   /ˈɡreɪt.nəs/
B2 skill and importance: Her greatness as a writer is unquestioned.

greatadverb [before noun], adjective

uk   /ɡreɪt/ us   /ɡreɪt/ informal
B2 used to emphasize the meaning of another word: a great big spider a great long queue You great idiot! Pat's a great friend of mine.

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greatnoun [C]

uk   /ɡreɪt/ us   /ɡreɪt/

great-prefix

uk   /ɡreɪt-/ us   /ɡreɪt-/
used with a word for a family member to mean one generation away from that member: your great-grandmother (= the grandmother of one of your parents) your great-grandson (= the grandson of your child)

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