very large; much bigger than average in size or quantity
A great crowd had gathered.
People were arriving in great numbers.
The great majority of (= most) people seem to agree with this view.
He must have fallen from a great height.
She lived to a great age.
used to emphasize an adjective of size or quality
There was a great big pile of books on the table.
He cut himself a great thick slice of cake.
much more than average in degree or quantity
a matter of great importance
The concert had been a great success.
Her death was a great shock to us all.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you here today.
Take great care of it.
You've been a great help.
We are all to a great extent the products of our culture.
extremely good in ability or quality and therefore admired by many people
He has been described as the world's greatest violinist.
Sherlock Holmes, the great detective
Great art has the power to change lives.
very good or pleasant
He's a great bloke.
It's great to see you again.
What a great goal!
We had a great time in Madrid.
‘I'll pick you up at seven.’ ‘That'll be great, thanks.’
Oh great, they left without us.
You've been a great help, I must say (= no help at all) .
important and impressive
The wedding was a great occasion.
As the great day approached, she grew more and more nervous.
The great thing is to get it done quickly.
One great advantage of this metal is that it doesn't rust.
having high status or a lot of influence
the great powers (= important and powerful countries)
We can make this country great again.
Alexander the Great
in good health
in a very good state of physical or mental health
She seemed in great spirits (= very cheerful) .
I feel great today.
Everyone's in great form.
able to do sth well
She's great at chess.
very suitable or useful for sth
This gadget's great for opening jars.
Try this cream─it's great for spots.
used when you are emphasizing a particular description of sb/sth
We are great friends.
I've never been a great reader (= I do not read much) .
She's a great talker, isn't she?
added to words for family members to show a further stage in relationship
我的姑婆 / 姨婆
my great-aunt (= my father's or mother's aunt)
her great-grandson (= the grandson of her son or daughter)
my great-great-grandfather (= the grandfather of my grandfather)
较大的动物 / 植物
used in the names of animals or plants which are larger than similar kinds
the great tit
used with the name of a city to describe an area that includes the centre of the city and a large area all round it
something large and successful often begins in a very small way
to be doing sth quickly and successfully
Work is going great guns now.
to do sth a lot; to enjoy sth
I've never been a great one for writing letters.
You're a great one for quizzes, aren't you?
to be not very good, efficient, suitable, etc.
of all sizes or types
all creatures great and small
used to say that you and another person must both be very clever because you have had the same idea or agree about sth
used to refer to where a particular person or thing is imagined to go when they die or are no longer working, similar to the place they were connected with on earth
Their pet rabbit had gone to the great rabbit hutch in the sky.
to put a lot of effort into doing sth
The couple went to great pains to keep their plans secret.
to be better or more effective as a group than you would think just by looking at the individual members of the group
a very well-known and successful person or thing
He was one of boxing's all-time greats.
Well done. You did great.
These adjectives are frequently used with the following nouns.
Large is more formal than big and should be used in writing unless it is in an informal style. It is not usually used to describe people, except to avoid saying ‘fat’.
Great often suggests quality and not just size. Note also the phrases
a large amount of
a large number of
a large quantity of
a great deal of
in great detail
a person of great age
These are all informal words that describe sb/sth that is very good, pleasant, enjoyable, etc.
( informal ) very good; giving a lot of pleasure
We had a great time in Madrid.
( informal ) used to show that you admire or approve of sth, often because it is fashionable, attractive or different
I think their new song's really cool.
( informal ) extremely good; giving a lot of pleasure
‘How was your holiday?’ ‘Fantastic!’
( informal ) extremely good
Jane's a fabulous cook.
( Fabulous is slightly more old-fashioned than the other words in this set.)
( informal ) extremely good; wonderful
She's doing a terrific job.
( BrE informal ) extremely good; wonderful
‘How was the show?’ ‘Brilliant!’
( informal , especially NAmE ) very good, impressive, or enjoyable
The show was just awesome.
a person who has achieved distinction and honor in some field
- he is one of the greats of American music
- he did a bully job
- a neat sports car
- had a great time at the party
- you look simply smashing
近义词: bang-up,bully,corking,cracking,dandy,groovy,keen,neat,nifty,not bad(p),peachy,slap-up,swell,smashing
of major significance or importance
- a great work of art
- Einstein was one of the outstanding figures of the 20th centurey
relatively large in size or number or extent;larger than others of its kind
- a great juicy steak
- a great multitude
- the great auk
- a great old oak
- a great ocean liner
- a great delay
- capital A
- great A
- many medieval manuscripts are in majuscule script
remarkable or out of the ordinary in degree or magnitude or effect
- a great crisis
- had a great stake in the outcome