great
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English grete, from Old English grēat; akin to Old High German grōz large Date: before 12th century 1. a. notably large in size ; huge b. of a kind characterized by relative largeness — used in plant and animal names c. elaborate, ample <
great detail
>
2. a. large in number or measure ; numerous <
great multitudes
>
b. predominant <
the great majority
>
3. remarkable in magnitude, degree, or effectiveness <
great bloodshed
>
4. full of emotion <
great with anger
>
5. a. eminent, distinguished <
a great poet
>
b. chief or preeminent over others — often used in titles <
Lord Great Chamberlain
>
c. aristocratic, grand <
great ladies
>
6. long continued <
a great while
>
7. principal, main <
a reception in the great hall
>
8. more remote in a family relationship by a single generation than a specified relative <
great-grandfather
>
9. markedly superior in character or quality; especially noble <
great of soul
>
10. a. remarkably skilled <
great at tennis
>
b. marked by enthusiasm ; keen <
great on science fiction
>
11. — used as a generalized term of approval <
had a great time
>
<
it was just great
>
greatness noun II. adverb Date: 13th century in a great manner ; successfully, well <
things are going great
>
III. noun (plural great or greats) Date: 13th century an outstandingly superior or skillful person <
a tribute to the greats of baseball
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Great — (gr[=a]t), a. [Compar. {Greater}; superl. {Greatest}.] [OE. gret, great, AS. gre[ a]t; akin to OS. & LG. gr[=o]t, D. groot, OHG. gr[=o]z, G. gross. Cf. {Groat} the coin.] 1. Large in space; of much size; big; immense; enormous; expanded; opposed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • great — [grāt] adj. [ME grete < OE great, akin to Ger gross, Du groot < IE base * ghrēu , rub hard over, crumble > GRIT, Welsh gro, sand: basic sense “coarse, coarsegrained”] 1. of much more than ordinary size, extent, volume, etc.; esp., a)… …   English World dictionary

  • great — O.E. great big, tall, thick, stout; coarse, from W.Gmc. *grautaz coarse, thick (Cf. O.S. grot, O.Fris. grat, Du. groot, Ger. groß great ). Said to have meant originally big in size, coarse, and, if so, perhaps from PIE root *ghreu to rub, grind.… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • great- — [greıt] prefix 1.) great grandfather/great grandmother/great aunt/great uncle the ↑grandfather, ↑grandmother etc of your parents 2.) great grandchild/great granddaughter etc the grandchildren of your child …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • great- — [grāt] 〚/span> GREAT, taken as intensifier〛 combining form older (or younger) by one generation: each additional great shows one further generation removed [great aunt, great great grandson] * * * …   Universalium

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