[greɪt] or [ɡret]
(noun.) a person who has achieved distinction and honor in some field; 'he is one of the greats of American music'.
(adj.) of major significance or importance; 'a great work of art'; 'Einstein was one of the outstanding figures of the 20th centurey' .
(adj.) 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' .
(adj.) remarkable or out of the ordinary in degree or magnitude or effect; 'a great crisis'; 'had a great stake in the outcome' .
(superl.) Large in space; of much size; big; immense; enormous; expanded; -- opposed to small and little; as, a great house, ship, farm, plain, distance, length.
(superl.) Large in number; numerous; as, a great company, multitude, series, etc.
(superl.) Long continued; lengthened in duration; prolonged in time; as, a great while; a great interval.
(superl.) Superior; admirable; commanding; -- applied to thoughts, actions, and feelings.
(superl.) Endowed with extraordinary powers; uncommonly gifted; able to accomplish vast results; strong; powerful; mighty; noble; as, a great hero, scholar, genius, philosopher, etc.
(superl.) Holding a chief position; elevated: lofty: eminent; distingushed; foremost; principal; as, great men; the great seal; the great marshal, etc.
(superl.) Entitled to earnest consideration; weighty; important; as, a great argument, truth, or principle.
(superl.) Pregnant; big (with young).
(superl.) More than ordinary in degree; very considerable in degree; as, to use great caution; to be in great pain.
(superl.) Older, younger, or more remote, by single generation; -- often used before grand to indicate one degree more remote in the direct line of descent; as, great-grandfather (a grandfather's or a grandmother's father), great-grandson, etc.
(n.) The whole; the gross; as, a contract to build a ship by the great.
a. . Large, big, vast, huge, bulky, ample, immense, gigantic, Herculean, Cyclopean, enormous.. Much, excessive, high.. Numerous, countless.. Considerable, important, weighty.. Distinguished, eminent, prominent, exalted, elevated, excellent, noted, illustrious, celebrated, famous, famed, renowned, far-famed.. Grand, august, dignified, noble, majestic, sublime.. Magnanimous, generous, chivalrous, high-minded.. Sumptuous, rich, magnificent.. Hard, difficult, onerous, burdensome, grievous.. Chief, principal.. Superior, pre-eminent.
n. [With The prefixed.] Great persons, persons of rank, people of distinction.
SYN:Big, wide, huge, numerous, protracted, excellent, large, immense, bulky,majestic, gigantic, vast, grand, sublime, august, eminent, magnanimous, noble,powerful, exalted, noticeable
ANT:Little, narrow, puny, scanty, few, short, mean, ignoble, weak, unimportant
adj. large: long continued: superior: distinguished: highly gifted: noble: mighty: sublime: of high rank: chief: proud arrogant: weighty: difficult: important: pregnant teeming: indicating one degree more remote in the direct line of descent as Great′-grand′father Great′-grand′son.—adj. Great′-bel′lied (Shak.) pregnant.—n. Great′coat an overcoat.—v.t. Great′en (Browning) to make great.—v.i. to become great.—ns. Great′-grand′child the child of a grandchild; Great′-grand′mother the mother of a grand-parent.—adj. Great′-heart′ed having a great or noble heart: high-spirited: noble.—adv. Great′ly.—ns. Great′ness; Great′-prim′er (see Primer); Greats the final examination in the Honours Schools at Oxford &c.; Great′-un′cle usually grand-uncle a grandfather's or grandmother's brother.—Great Dane one of a breed of large close-haired dogs from Denmark a boar-hound; Great Powers the chief countries of Europe—France Germany Russia Great Britain Austro-Hungary; Great schism the division between the Latin and Greek Churches begun in the 9th century and culminating in 1054; Great Sea the Mediterranean; Great unwashed an absurd term sometimes applied to the working classes generally.—Greater Britain the whole colonial empire of Great Britain.—The great people of rank.
- She came speeding over the sea like a great bird. 马克·吐温. 傻子出国记.
- You have now a--hum--a great position to support. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 小杜丽.
- The duties of her married life, contemplated as so great beforehand, seemed to be shrinking with the furniture and the white vapor-walled landscape. 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.
- He, the noble, the warlike, the great in every quality that can adorn the mind and person of man; he is fitted to be the Protector of England. 玛丽·雪莱. 最后一个人.
- So old an art, and so great and continuous a need for its products necessarily must have resulted in much development and progress. Edward W. Byrn. 十九世纪发明进展.
- The reactions were all varied in various people, but they followed a few great laws, and intrinsically there was no difference. 戴维·赫伯特·劳伦斯. 恋爱中的女人.
- I believe I could make an independent fortune in a few years if I devoted myself exclusively to portraits, so great is the desire for good portraits in the different country towns. 鲁伯特·萨金特·荷兰. 历史性发明.
- Let it suffice h ere to state that Rutherford assumes that the greater mass of the atom consis ts o f negatively charged particles rotating about a positive nucle us. 李贝. 西洋科学史.
- Such companies, therefore, commonly draw to themselves much greater stocks, than any private copartnery can boast of. 亚当·斯密. 国富论.
- The enemy's loss was probably greater. 尤利西斯·格兰特. U．S．格兰特的个人回忆录.
- This, in turn, has opened up possibilities of much higher speed and greater efficiency in the machine. Edward W. Byrn. 十九世纪发明进展.
- The coach-tax and plate tax are examples of the former method of imposing; the greater part of the other duties of excise and customs, of the latter. 亚当·斯密. 国富论.
- Perhaps they did, but it is of infinitely greater importance to mention that at this point also I lost my patience, opened my eyes, and interfered. 威尔基·柯林斯. 白衣女人.
- Servants, labourers, and workmen of different kinds, make up the far greater part of every great political society. 亚当·斯密. 国富论.
- Without it the engine would have been too clumsy and slow for practical use, but with it the greatest possibilities of use appeared. 鲁伯特·萨金特·荷兰. 历史性发明.
- He lost the genial suavity of manner which is one of his greatest charMs. A noble indignation inspired his reply. 威尔基·柯林斯. 月亮宝石.
- Seizing the professor by the arm, Mr. Philander set off in the direction that would put the greatest distance between themselves and the lion. 埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯. 人猿泰山.
- The marriages of either were discussed; and their prospects in life canvassed with the greatest frankness and interest on both sides. 威廉·梅克比斯·萨克雷. 名利场.
- An undue love of Self leads to the most monstrous crimes and occasions the greatest misfortunes both in States and Families. 威廉·梅克比斯·萨克雷. 名利场.
- To one of the most generous and kindest men in the world, as he is one of the greatest--to my excellent friend, the Marquis of Steyne. 威廉·梅克比斯·萨克雷. 名利场.
- I shall have the greatest pleasure in receiving him in a lower room. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 雪莉.