Great Definition

Define what is Great?

1. great (noun)

a person who has achieved distinction and honor in some field.

  • he is one of the greats of American music.

achiever, succeeder, winner, success noun
a person with a record of successes.

2. great (adjective satellite)

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.
Antonyms: small [Indirect via large] (adjective)

limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent.

  • a little dining room.
  • a little dining room.
  • a little house.
  • a little house.
  • a small car.
  • a small car.
  • a little (or small) group.
  • a little (or small) group.

3. great, outstanding (adjective satellite)

of major significance or importance.

  • a great work of art.
  • Einstein was one of the outstanding figures of the 20th centurey.
Synonyms: outstanding
Antonyms: unimportant [Indirect via important] (adjective)

not important.

  • a relatively unimportant feature of the system.
  • the question seems unimportant.

4. great (adjective satellite)

remarkable or out of the ordinary in degree or magnitude or effect.

  • a great crisis.
  • had a great stake in the outcome.
Antonyms: ordinary [Indirect via extraordinary] (adjective)

not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree.

  • ordinary everyday objects.
  • ordinary decency.
  • an ordinary day.
  • an ordinary wine.

5. bang-up, smashing, slap-up, peachy, not bad, nifty, swell, groovy, dandy, cracking, corking, bully, keen, great, neat (adjective satellite)

very good.

  • he did a bully job.
  • a neat sports car.
  • had a great time at the party.
  • you look simply smashing.
Antonyms: bad [Indirect via good] (adjective)

having undesirable or negative qualities.

  • a bad report card.
  • his sloppy appearance made a bad impression.
  • a bad little boy.
  • clothes in bad shape.
  • a bad cut.
  • bad luck.
  • the news was very bad.
  • the reviews were bad.
  • the pay is bad.
  • it was a bad light for reading.
  • the movie was a bad choice.

6. majuscule, Capital, great (adjective satellite)


  • capital A.
  • great A.
  • many medieval manuscripts are in majuscule script.
Synonyms: majuscule, Capital
Antonyms: lowercase [Indirect via uppercase] (adjective)

relating to small (not capitalized) letters that were kept in the lower half of a compositor's type case.

  • lowercase letters; a and b and c etc.

7. enceinte, gravid, with child, expectant, great, large, big, heavy (adjective satellite)

in an advanced stage of pregnancy.

  • was big with child.
  • was great with child.
Nearby Terms

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the muscle that adducts and extends the thigh

great anteater (noun)
large shaggy-haired toothless anteater with long tongue and powerful claws; of South America

great ape (noun)
any of the large anthropoid apes of the family Pongidae

Great Arabian Desert (noun)
a desert on the Arabian Peninsula in southwestern Asia

Great Attractor (noun)
a massive grouping of galaxies in the direction of Centaurus and Hydra whose gravitational attraction is believed to cause deviations in the paths of other galaxies

great auk (noun)
large flightless auk of rocky islands off northern Atlantic coasts; extinct

Great Australian Bight (noun)
a wide bay of the Indian Ocean in southern Australia; notorious for storms

Great Australian Desert (noun)
general name given to all desert areas in Australia

great barracuda (noun)
large (up to 6 ft) greyish-brown barracuda highly regarded as a food and sport fish; may be dangerous to swimmers

Great Barrier Reef (noun)
the largest coral reef in the world; in the Coral Sea off the northeastern coast of Australia

Great Bear (noun)
a constellation outside the zodiac that rotates around the North Star

great bellied (adjective satellite)
having a prominent belly

great black-backed gull (noun)
white gull having a black back and wings

great blue heron (noun)
large American heron having bluish-grey plumage

great blue shark (noun)
slender cosmopolitan, pelagic shark; blue body shades to white belly; dangerous especially during maritime disasters