- 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) designating a thing or group of things larger than others of the same kind [the great cats are tigers, lions, etc.; the Great Lakes]b) large in number, quantity, etc.; numerous [a great company]c) long in duration [a great while]2. much higher in some quality or degree; much above the ordinary or average; esp.,a) existing in a high degree; intense [a great light, great pain]b) very much of a; acting much as (something specified) [a great reader]c) eminent; distinguished; illustrious; superior [a great playwright]d) very impressive or imposing; remarkable [great ceremony]e) having or showing nobility of mind, purpose, etc.; grand [a great man, great ideas]3. of most importance; main; chief [the great seal]4. Informal clever; expert; skillful: usually with at [great at tennis ]☆ 5. Informal excellent; splendid; fine6. Now Chiefly Dial. pregnant: chiefly in great with childadv.Informal very welln.a great or distinguished person usually used in pl.SYN.- LARGE——————great onInformal enthusiastic about——————the greatthose who are greatgreatlyadv.greatnessn.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.