A horizontal metal grill through which water, ash, or small objects can fall, while larger objects cannot.
“The grate stopped the sheep from escaping from their field.”
A frame or bed, or kind of basket, of iron bars, for holding fuel while burning.
To furnish with grates; to protect with a grating or crossbars.
“to grate a window”
To shred things, usually foodstuffs, by rubbing across a grater.
“I need to grate the cheese before the potato is cooked.”
To make an unpleasant rasping sound, often as the result of rubbing against something.
“Listening to his teeth grate all day long drives me mad.”
“The chalk grated against the board.”
To grate on one’s nerves; to irritate or annoy.
“She’s nice enough, but she can begin to grate if there is no-one else to talk to.”
Serving to gratify; agreeable.
Relatively large in scale, size, extent, number (i. e. having many parts or members) or duration (i. e. relatively long); very big.
“A great storm is approaching our shores.”
“a great assembly”
“a great wait”
Of larger size or more importance than others of its kind.
“the great auk”
Involving more generations than the word qualified implies (from 1510s). [see Derived terms]
Pregnant; large with young; full of.
“great with child”
“great with hope”
Extreme or more than usual.
Of significant importance or consequence; important.
“a great decision”
Arising from or possessing superior; commanding; heroic; illustrious; eminent.
“a great deed”
“a great nature”
“a great history”
Impressive or striking.
“a great show of wealth”
Much in use; favoured.
“Poetry was a great convention of the Romantic era.”
Endowed with extraordinary powers; of exceptional talents or achievements; uncommonly gifted; able to accomplish vast results; remarkable; strong; powerful; mighty; noble.
“a great hero, scholar, genius, philosopher, writer etc.”
Title referring to an important leader.
“Alexander the Great”
Doing or active or enthusiastic.
“What a great buffoon!”
“He’s not a great one for reading.”
“a great walker”
Skilful or adroit.
“a great carpenter”
“You are great at singing.”
Very good; excellent; wonderful; fantastic (from 1848).
“Dinner was great.”
Intensifying a word or expression, used in mild oaths.
“a dirty great smack in the face”
Expression of gladness and content about something.
“Great! Thanks for the wonderful work.”
sarcastic inversion thereof.
“Oh, great! I just dumped all 500 sheets of the manuscript all over and now I have to put them back in order.”
A person of major significance, accomplishment or acclaim.
“Newton and Einstein are two of the greats of the history of science.”
The main division in a pipe organ, usually the loudest division.
very well in a very satisfactory manner
“Those mechanical colored pencils work great because they don’t have to be sharpened.”