great Definition

  • 1of an extent, amount, or intensity considerably above average
  • 2of ability, quality, or eminence considerably above average
  • 3very large and imposing
  • 4used to express surprise, admiration, or contempt, especially in exclamations

Using great: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "great" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The great pyramids of Egypt are a wonder of the world.

  • Example

    She has a great talent for music.

  • Example

    I had a great time at the party last night.

  • Example

    Great! Now we have to start all over again.

great Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using great

  • make great strides

    to make significant progress


    Thanks to the new technology, we've made great strides in medical research.

  • to have a lot of something


    She has a great deal of experience in the field.

  • people who are important or influential in a particular area of society


    The event was attended by the great and the good of the fashion industry.

Phrases with great

  • a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe


    The Great Wall of China is one of the most famous landmarks in the world.

  • a severe worldwide economic depression that lasted from 1929 to 1939


    Many people lost their jobs during the Great Depression.

  • a king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon from 336–323 BC who is considered one of history's greatest military commanders


    Alexander the Great conquered much of the known world during his reign.

Origins of great

from Old English 'grēat'


Summary: great in Brief

The term 'great' [ɡreɪt] describes something that is considerably above average in extent, amount, intensity, ability, quality, or eminence. It can also refer to something very large and imposing, or be used to express surprise, admiration, or contempt. Examples include 'The great pyramids of Egypt' and 'Great! Now we have to start all over again.' Idioms like 'make great strides' and 'have a great deal of something' denote significant progress or abundance.

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