Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “great”

See all translations

great

adjective
 
 
/ɡreɪt/
EXCELLENT A1 very good: We had a great time. I've had a great idea!Informal words for goodGood, better and bestQuite good, or not very good
IMPORTANT B2 important or famous: a great statesman/novelistImportanceUseful or advantageous
LARGE A2 large in amount, size, or degree: a great crowd of peopleBig and quite bigEnormous
EXTREME B1 extreme: great success/difficultyVery and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
great big/long, etc B2 very big/long, etc: I gave her a great big hug.Big and quite bigEnormousVery and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
a great many a large numberBig and quite bigEnormous
greatness noun [U] →  See also set great store by sth , the best/greatest thing since sliced bread , go to great lengths to do sth
(Definition of great adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “great” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

sail

When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water.

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More