Basic+ Word of the Day: great

great (adjective) LISTEN

I feel great!

If something is great, it means that it is very big or there is a lot of it.

  • That was the night of the great storm.

Great also means very good.

  • I thought the new James Bond film was great.

If someone is great, it means that they are very famous and people respect them.

  • She was a great actress of the 19th century.

Don't confuse it with

If you grate something, it means that you use a kitchen tool called a grater to cut food into very small pieces. We often do this with cheese.

Common uses

We often use great to talk about people in our family. For example, your great-grandmother is the mother of your grandfather or grandmother, and your great-aunt is the aunt of your mother or father. We can also add more than one great, for example, your great-great-grandfather is the grandfather of your grandfather or grandmother.

In pop culture

Frosted Flakes are a popular cereal in the US. Tony the Tiger is often in Frosted Flakes commercials and says, “They’re great.” Listen to him say that at the end of this commercial from the 1950s.

There are other meanings of great.

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