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great

As an adjective great describes things that are very good, large, or important — like a great movie, a great forest, or a great battle that changed the course of a war.

Great can also be a noun: a person who is a legend in his or her field, like Aretha Franklin, a soul great, or Wayne Gretzky — a hockey great who became known as "the Great One." Only a few people qualify for the distinction of being a great — it takes a remarkable talent that continues to awe people long after the person's heyday.

Definitions of great
  1. noun
    a person who has achieved distinction and honor in some field
    “he is one of the greats of American music”
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    type of:
    achiever, succeeder, success, winner
    a person with a record of successes
  2. adjective
    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”
    Synonyms:
    big, large
    above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
  3. adjective
    of major significance or importance
    “a great work of art”
    synonyms: outstanding
    important, of import
    of great significance or value
  4. adjective
    remarkable or out of the ordinary in degree or magnitude or effect
    “a great crisis”
    “had a great stake in the outcome”
    Synonyms:
    extraordinary
    beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable
  5. adjective
    very good
    “had a great time at the party”
    synonyms: bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad, peachy, slap-up, smashing, swell
    good
    having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
  6. adjective
    uppercase
    great A”
    synonyms: capital, majuscule
    uppercase
    relating to capital letters which were kept in the top half of a compositor's type case
  7. adjective
    in an advanced stage of pregnancy
    “was great with child”
    synonyms: big, enceinte, expectant, gravid, heavy, large, with child
    pregnant
    carrying developing offspring within the body or being about to produce new life
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