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great
adjective
1 outstandingly talented and much admired and respected.
2 very large in size, quantity, intensity or extent.
3 (greater) (added to the name of a large city) indicating the wider area surrounding the city, sometimes including other boroughs, etc, as well as the city itself Greater Glasgow Greater Manchester .
4 (also greater) biol larger in size than others of the same kind, species, etc great tit .
5 in compounds indicating a family relationship that is one generation more remote than that of the base word great-grandmother great-great-grandson .
6 colloq very enjoyable; excellent or splendid.
7 (also great at something) colloq clever; talented.
8 (also great for something) colloq very suitable or useful.
9 most important the great advantage of it .
10 enthusiastic; keen a great reader .
11 colloq used to emphasize other adjectives describing size, especially big a great big dog .
12 (the Great) in names and titles: indicating an importance or reputation of the highest degree Alexander the Great .
13 (the greatest) colloq
a the best in their field;
b a marvellous person or thing.
14 old use used in various expressions of surprise Great Scott!
noun
1 a person who has achieved lasting fame one of the all-time greats .
2 (Greats)
a the final honours School of Classics and Philosophy or of Modern Philosophy at Oxford University;
b the final examination in these courses.
adverb , colloq very well.
[Anglo-Saxon]
greatly adverb .
greatness noun .


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great ape
noun any of the larger anthropoid apes, a chimpanzee, gibbon, gorilla or orang-utan.


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great auk
noun a large flightless auk once common in the North Atlantic areas, but now extinct.


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Great Britain
noun the largest island in Europe, containing England, Wales and Scotland, and forming, together with Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom.


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great circle
noun a circle on the surface of a sphere, whose centre is the centre of the sphere.


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