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adjective as in very good

adjective as in considerable in intensity or degree

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Along with Noma chef René Redzepi, Puglisi is a groundbreaking chef of new Nordic Cuisine, which turned Copenhagen into one of the world’s greatest dining destinations.

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There's also an influx of counterfeit cheaper whiskies seeping into the markets, which could pose an even greater challenge, albeit less of a headline-grabbing one.

In 2012, 85 percent of Republicans and 66 percent of Democrats said the United States was the greatest nation.

“China is a great nation, and we should hope for the continued expansion.”

Florida’s way down, Texas is now way down, Arizona, governor’s done a great job.

Tend to your own garden, to quote the great sage of free speech, Voltaire, and invite people to follow your example.

It would became one of the first great mysteries in the United States of America, as it was only then 23 years old.

Unfortunately, this is more about protecting the legacy of a ‘great man.’

Great American leaders have long contributed profound thoughts of tremendous consequence to the public discourse.

“He turned pale, trembled to a great degree, was much agitated, and began to cry,” she told the court.

"Capital, capital," his lordship would remark with great alacrity, when there was no other way of escape.

I waited three months more, in great impatience, then sent him back to the same post, to see if there might be a reply.

After a minute's pause, while he stood painfully silent, she resumed in great emotion.

The country is well inhabited, for it contains fifty-one cities, near a hundred walled towns, and a great number of villages.

This is a feature by means of which it is always possible to distinguish the Great Horsetail from any other species.


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In reference to the size and extent of concrete objects, great is highly formal and even poetic, suggesting also that the object is notable or imposing, large is only somewhat formal, and big is the most general and most colloquial word: a great oak; a large tree; a big tree; great plains; a large field; a big field. When the reference is to degree or a quality, great is the usual word: great beauty; great mistake; great surprise; although big sometimes alternates with it in colloquial style: a big mistake; a big surprise; large is usually not used in reference to degree, but may be used in a quantitative reference: a large number (great number).

On this page you'll find 339 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to great, such as: amazing, awesome, cool, excellent, fabulous, and fantastic.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.