Definition and Meanings for great

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Great is ranked 5,470 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of great

adjective, comparative, superlative, noun

Etymology of great

oe. gret, great, as. gre; akin to os. & lg. gr, d. groot, ohg. gr, g. gross. cf. groat the coin

Meaning of great


as adjective, comparative, superlative

  • large in space; of much size; big; immense; enormous; expanded; -- opposed to small and little; as, a great house, ship, farm, plain, distance, length.
  • large in number; numerous; as, a great company, multitude, series, etc.
  • long continued; lengthened in duration; prolonged in time; as, a great while; a great interval.
  • superior; admirable; commanding; -- applied to thoughts, actions, and feelings.
  • endowed with extraordinary powers; uncommonly gifted; able to accomplish vast results; strong; powerful; mighty; noble; as, a great hero, scholar, genius, philosopher, etc.
  • holding a chief position; elevated: lofty: eminent; distinguished; foremost; principal; as, great men; the great seal; the great marshal, etc.
  • entitled to earnest consideration; weighty; important; as, a great argument, truth, or principle.
  • pregnant; big (with young).
  • more than ordinary in degree; very considerable in degree; as, to use great caution; to be in great pain.
  • 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.

as noun

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