Meaning of GREAT in English
transcription, транскрипция: [ greɪt ]
( greater, greatest, greats)
Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.
You use great to describe something that is very large. Great is more formal than big .
The room had a great bay window.
...a great hall as long and high as a church.
ADJ : ADJ n
Great means large in amount or degree.
I’ll take great care of it...
Benjamin Britten did not live to a great age.
You use great to describe something that is important, famous, or exciting.
...the great cultural achievements of the past...
America can be great again.
A nation must take certain risks to achieve greatness.
You can describe someone who is successful and famous for their actions, knowledge, or skill as great .
Wes Hall was once one of the West Indies’ great cricketers.
...the great George Padmore.
ADJ : usu ADJ n
Abraham Lincoln achieved greatness.
The greats in a particular subject or field of activity are the people who have been most successful or famous in it. ( JOURNALISM )
...all the greats of Hollywood.
...cycling’s all-time greats.
N-PLURAL : with supp
The greats of popular modern music are records that have been successful and that continue to be popular. ( JOURNALISM )
...a medley of rock’n’roll greats.
If you describe someone or something as great , you approve of them or admire them. ( INFORMAL )
Arturo has this great place in Cazadero...
They’re a great bunch of guys...
I think she’s great.
ADJ [ approval ]
If you feel great , you feel very healthy, energetic, and enthusiastic.
I feel just great.
ADJ : feel ADJ
You use great in order to emphasize the size or degree of a characteristic or quality.
...a great big Italian wedding.
...her sense of colour and great eye for detail.
ADJ [ emphasis ]
You say great in order to emphasize that you are pleased or enthusiastic about something.
Oh great! That’ll be good for Fergus.
EXCLAM [ feelings ]
You say great in order to emphasize that you are angry or annoyed about something.
‘Oh great,’ I thought. ‘Just what I need.’
EXCLAM [ feelings ]
Great is used as part of the name of a species of plant or animal when there is another species of the same plant or animal which is smaller and has different characteristics.
...the great white shark.
see also greater
Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне. 2006