English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'great'

(adjective) 
Definition
large in number or amount
a great hall as long and high as a church
Synonyms
large
He was a large man with a thick square head.
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big
Australia's a big country.
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huge
Several painters were working on a huge piece of canvas.
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vast
farmers who own vast stretches of land
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enormous
an enormous dust cloud blocking out the sun
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extensive
The blast caused extensive damage.
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tremendous
I felt a tremendous pressure on my chest.
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immense
an immense cloud of smoke
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gigantic
The road is bordered by gigantic rocks.
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mammoth
The mammoth undertaking was completed in 18 months.
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bulky
a bulky man with balding hair
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colossal
A colossal statue stands in the square.
The task they face is colossal.
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stupendous
a stupendous amount of money
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voluminous
She was swathed in a voluminous cloak.
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elephantine
His legs were elephantine, his body obese.
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ginormous (informal)
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humongous or humungous (informal)
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supersize
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(adjective) 
Definition
extreme or more than usual
I'll take great care of it.That must have taken a great effort on his part.
Synonyms
extreme
people living in extreme poverty
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considerable
We have already spent a considerable amount of money on repairs.
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excessive
the alleged use of excessive force by police
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high
Officials said casualties were high.
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extravagant
He was extravagant in his admiration of Lillie.
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inordinate
They spent an inordinate amount of time talking.
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(adjective) 
Definition
of importance or consequence
the great cultural achievements of the past
Synonyms
major
We heard extracts from three of his major works.
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lead
Cossiga's reaction is the lead story in the Italian press.
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leading
Britain's future as a leading industrial nation depends on investment.
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chief
Financial stress is acknowledged as a chief reason for divorce.
The job went to one of his chief rivals.
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main
My main concern now is to protect the children.
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grand
the federal grand jury
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primary
His primary aim in life is to be happy.
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principal
Their principal concern is that of winning the next election.
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paramount
The welfare of the children must be of paramount importance.
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big-time (informal)
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major league (informal)
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(adjective) 
his pronouncements on the great political matters of the age
Synonyms
important
an important economic challenge to the government
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serious
I regard this as a serious matter.
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significant
It is the first drug that seems to have a significant effect on this disease.
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critical
The incident happened at a critical point in the campaign.
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crucial (informal)
the most crucial election campaign in years
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heavy
I don't want any more of that heavy stuff.
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grave
He says the situation in his country is very grave.
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momentous
the momentous decision to send in the troops
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weighty
Surely such weighty matters merit a higher level of debate?
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consequential
From a medical standpoint, a week is usually not a consequential delay.
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(adjective) 
the great American president, Abraham Lincoln
Synonyms
famous
England's most famous landscape artist, John Constable
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celebrated
He was soon one of the most celebrated young painters in England.
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outstanding
an outstanding tennis player
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remarkable
He was a remarkable man.
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distinguished
a distinguished academic family
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prominent
a prominent member of the Law Society
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glorious
He had a glorious career spanning more than six decades.
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notable
the notable occultist, Madame Blavatsky
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renowned
The area is renowned for its churches.
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eminent
an eminent public figure
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famed
The city is famed for its outdoor restaurants.
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illustrious
the most illustrious scientists of the century
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noteworthy
None of these buildings are noteworthy for their architecture.
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(adjective) 
Definition
skilful
He was one of the West Indies' greatest cricketers.
Synonyms
expert
The faces of the waxworks are modelled by expert sculptors.
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skilled
skilled workers, such as plumbers
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talented
He is a talented pianist.
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skilful
his skilful use of light and shade
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good
He is very good at his job.
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able
They are bright, intelligent, able and confident.
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masterly
They gave a masterly performance.
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crack (slang)
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world-class
He was determined to become a world-class tennis player.
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adept
He is an adept guitar player.
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stellar (informal)
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superlative
Some superlative wines are made in this region.
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proficient
Many Egyptians are proficient in foreign languages.
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adroit
She is a remarkably adroit politician.
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(adjective) 
Definition
excellent
(informal)  It's a great film; you must see it.
Synonyms
excellent
We complimented him on doing an excellent job.
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good
You should read this book – it's really good.
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fine
This is a fine book.
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wonderful
I've always thought he was a wonderful actor.
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mean (slang)
She plays a mean game of tennis.
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topping (British, slang)
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cracking (British, informal)
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superb
a superb 18-hole golf course
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fantastic (informal)
I have a fantastic social life.
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tremendous (informal)
I thought it was absolutely tremendous.
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marvellous (informal)
He certainly is a marvellous actor.
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terrific (informal)
What a terrific idea!
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mega (slang)
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awesome (slang)
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dope (slang)
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sick (slang)
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admirable
The film tells its story with admirable economy.
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first-rate
They were dealing with a first-rate professional.
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def (informal)
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brill (informal)
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boffo (slang)
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bitchin'
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chillin' (US, slang)
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jim-dandy (slang)
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booshit (Australian, slang)
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exo (Australian, slang)
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sik (Australian, slang)
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rad (informal)
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phat (slang)
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schmick (Australian, informal)
The band launch their schmick new CD next week.
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beaut (informal)
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barrie (Scottish, slang)
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belting (British, slang)
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pearler (Australian, slang)
Opposites
(adjective) 
He gave me a great big smile.
Synonyms
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awfully (informal)
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(adjective) 
You stupid great git!
Synonyms
utter
A look of utter confusion swept across his handsome face.
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complete
He made me look like a complete idiot.
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total
The car was in a total mess.
I mean I'm not a total idiot.
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absolute
A sick person needs to have absolute trust in a doctor.
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perfect
She behaved like a perfect fool.
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positive (informal)
He was in a positive fury.
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downright
downright bad manners
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consummate
He was a consummate liar and exaggerator.
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unqualified
The event was an unqualified success.
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out-and-out
You're an out-and-out liar.
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flagrant
a flagrant violation of international law
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egregious
the most egregious abuses of human rights
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unmitigated
A senior police officer had called him an unmitigated liar.
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thoroughgoing
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arrant
That's the most arrant nonsense I've ever heard.
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10 (adjective) 
I'm not a great fan of football.
Synonyms
enthusiastic
The band drew a huge and enthusiastic crowd.
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keen
a keen amateur photographer
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active
We should play an active role in politics.
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zealous
She was a zealous worker for charitable bodies.
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11 (adjective) 
Synonyms
long
This is a long film, three hours and seven minutes.
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extended
He and Naomi spent an extended period getting to know one another.
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prolonged
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lengthy
the lengthy process of filling out forms
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protracted
The struggle was bitter and protracted.
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12 (adjective) 
Synonyms
noble
She was described by contemporaries as possessing a noble bearing and excellent manners.
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august
the august surroundings of the Liberal Club
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grand
a grand building in the centre of town
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princely
the embodiment of princely magnificence
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impressive
The film's special effects are particularly impressive.
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heroic
The heroic sergeant risked his life to rescue 29 fishermen.
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dignified
He conducted the interview in a dignified and professional manner.
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sublime
the sublime beauty of nature
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lofty
Amid the chaos, he had lofty aims.
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exalted
I seldom move in such exalted circles.
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high-minded
The President's hopes were high-minded, but too vague.
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Additional synonyms

in the sense of able
Definition
capable or talented
They are bright, intelligent, able and confident.
in the sense of absolute
Definition
total and complete
A sick person needs to have absolute trust in a doctor.
Synonyms
full-on (informal),
thoroughgoing,
unalloyed,
unmixed,
arrant (derogatory),
deep-dyed
in the sense of active
Definition
energetically involved in or working hard for
We should play an active role in politics.

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