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adjective     great pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    bigger or more than is usual

    She had great difficulty in guessing where I was from.

    They could be in great danger.

    He was in a great hurry.

    It gives me great pleasure to welcome our next guest.

    This is a great opportunity to raise a lot of money.

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    1. a.
      [only before noun] spoken used for emphasizing the physical size of something or someone

      They dug this whacking great hole.

      great big:

      a great big piece of chocolate

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    2. c.
      mainly literary very large and impressive

      the great river

      a great feast

    See also deal
  2. 2
    important or powerful

    a great military power

    1. b.
      used in the names of important events in history

      the Great Depression of the 1930s

      the Great Fire of London of 1666

    2. c.
      used about someone famous or important who is admired by a lot of people, or about their work

      one of the greatest writers of the modern age

      a great work of art

    3. d.
      informal used for emphasizing the most important feature of something

      The really great thing about this computer is its speed.

      The great advantage is that this place is so near to town.

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  3. 3
    informal enthusiastic about something or someone

    I’m your greatest admirer.

    a great football fan

    a great talker/walker/reader etc:

    She’s a great reader of biographies.

    be a great one for (=be enthusiastic about):

    I’ve never been a great one for spiders and snakes.

  4. 4
    informal able to do something very well

    He’s a great guitarist.

    great at:

    She’s great at maths.

    1. a.
      able to deal with certain people very well

      Isn’t she great with the children?

  5. 5
    mainly spoken used for expressing pleasure or agreement

    It’s great to be here.

    I think it’s great he’s got a girlfriend.

    Great! I’ll pick you up at eight, then.

  6. 6
    informal very good, enjoyable, or attractive

    This cake tastes great.

    We had a great day.

    You looked great in that outfit.

    This is a great place for families.

    1. a.
      used for saying that something that you expected to be good, enjoyable etc is not

      That’s just great! Now I’ll have do it all over again.

    2. b.
      used about someone who is nice and a pleasure to be with

      He’s a great guy.

      a great friend

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