From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishgreatgreat1 /ɡreɪt/ ●●●S1W1 adjective (comparative greater, superlative greatest) 🔊 🔊 1large [usually before noun] very large in amount or degree 🔊 The movie was a great success. 🔊 The news came as possibly the greatest shock of my life. 🔊 The paintings cost a great deal (=a lot) of money. 🔊 John always takes great care over his work. 🔊 It gives me great pleasure (=I am very pleased) to introduce tonight’s speaker. 🔊 It’s a great pity that none of his poems survive. 🔊 The temptation was too great to resist.► see thesaurus at big2excellent especially spokenGOOD/EXCELLENTvery good syn wonderful, fantastic 🔊 The weather here is great. 🔊 It’s great to be home. 🔊 a great day out for all the familysound/taste/smell/feel etc great 🔊 I worked out this morning and I feel great. 🔊 You look great in that dress.great for doing something 🔊 Email’s great for keeping in touch.the great thing about somebody/something (=the very good thing about someone or something) 🔊 The great thing about Alex is that he’s always willing to explain things to you.► see thesaurus at good, niceGrammarGreat is not used with ‘very’ in this meaning. You say: You did a really great job.✗Don’t say: You did a very great job.3importanta)[usually before noun] important or having a lot of influence 🔊 one of the greatest scientific achievements of our time 🔊 What makes a novel truly great? 🔊 great historical eventsb)used in the title of a person or event that was very important in the pastPeter/Catherine etc the Great 🔊 I’m reading a biography of Alexander the Great. 🔊 the Great Depressionthe Great War old-fashioned (=World War I)4generous very good or generous in a way that people admire 🔊 a great humanitarian gesture5extremely skilfulfamous for being able to do something extremely well 🔊 Ali was undoubtedly one of the greatest boxers of all time. 🔊 a book about the lives of the great composers6big written very big syn huge 🔊 A great crowd had gathered. 🔊 A great iron stove filled half the room.7 →great big8doing something a lot used to emphasize that someone does something a lota great talker/reader/admirer etc 🔊 Anthony’s a great talker – sometimes you just can’t get a word in. 🔊 Len was a great believer in the power of positive thinking.be a great one for doing something 🔊 She’s a great one for telling stories about her schooldays.9 →to a greater or lesser extent10 →be no great shakes11 →be going great guns12bad spoken informal used when you are disappointed or annoyed about something 🔊 ‘Daniel’s cancelled the party.’ ‘Oh great!’13animal/bird/plant etc used in the names of some animals or plants, especially when they are bigger than other animals or plants of the same type 🔊 the Great Crested Grebe14 →the great outdoors15 →great minds (think alike)16 →the greater good17 →the great apes18 →the great divide19 →Greater London/Los Angeles/Manchester etc20 →huge/enormous great21 →great Scott!/great Heavens!22 →great with child —greatness noun [uncountable] 🔊 She was destined for greatness.