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adjective great pronunciation in British English /ɡreɪt/
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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. b.
      used for emphasizing a large number of people or things
      Shakespeare wrote a great many plays.
      The great majority disagree.
    3. c.
      mainly literary very large and impressive
      the great river
      a great feast
    4. d.
    See also deal2
  2. 2
    important or powerful
    a great military power
    1. a.
      used about an event or situation that affects a lot of people or a large area
      the greatest environmental disaster in decades
      a great healthcare crisis
    2. b.
      used in the names of important events in history
      the Great Depression of the 1930s
      the Great Fire of London of 1666
    3. c.
    4. 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.


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