great
adjective
1. (excellent) 
a. excelente 
The wine was great and the food fantastic.El vino era excelente y la comida fantástica.
2. (outstanding) 
a. gran (before nouns) 
You too can be a great actor.Tú también puedes ser un gran actor.
3. (important) 
a. gran (before nouns) 
This is a great step in my career.Este es un gran paso en mi carrera.
4. (very large) 
a. gran (before nouns) 
It was a great and spooky house that stood on the hill.Fue una gran casa espeluznante que estaba en la colina.
b. grande (after nouns) 
The giant had great feet that crushed many houses.El gigante tenía pies grandes que aplastaban muchas casas.
5. (indicating intensity) 
a. gran (before nouns) 
If this ceasefire holds, it would be a great relief for us all.Si el alto el fuego continúa, será un gran alivio para todos nosotros.
adverb
6. (very well) (United States) 
a. fenomenal 
You played great during your piano recital!¡Tocaste fenomenal durante tu recital de piano!
noun
7. (important person) 
a. el grande (M) 
You're supposed to be one of the greats in this industry.Se supone que seas uno de los grandes de esta industria.
great
adjective
1. (large, important) 
a. grande, gran 
a great deal of…un montón de…, muchísimo(a)…
to reach a great agellegar a una edad avanzada
to take great careponer mucho cuidado
they are great friendsson muy buenos amigos
a great artistun/una gran artista
to be the greatestser el mejor
2. (in proper names) 
a. no direct translation 
Great BritainGran Bretaña
Great Danegran danés m
the Great Lakeslos Grandes Lagos
Greater Londonel área metropolitana de Londres
3. (history) 
a. no direct translation 
the Great Warla Primera Guerra Mundial, la guerra del 14
4. (colloquial) 
a. genial, bárbaro(a) (very good) 
b. chévere (Latin America) 
c. padre (Mexico) 
to have a great timepasarlo muy bien
(that's) great!¡genial! ¡chévere!,, ¡padre!,, bárbaro(a)!
he's a great guyes un tipo excelente
5. (enthusiastic) 
a. no direct translation 
she's a great hillwalkeres muy aficionada al montañismo
he's a great one for having everything planned in advancenadie como él para tener todo planeado de antemano
Noun
6. (general) 
a. el grande (M)la grande (F) 
adverb
7. (well) 
a. estupendamente 
I feel great!¡me siento estupendamente!
he's doing greatse está recuperando muy bien
8. (for emphasis) 
a. no direct translation 
a great big dogun perrazo enorme
you great fat slob!¡so vago!, ¡pedazo de flojo, haragán!
great [ɡreɪt]
adjective
greater (comparative)greatest (superlative)
1 (huge) (in size) [+house, room, object] enorme; inmenso; (in amount, number) [+effort, variety] grande; [+shock, surprise] verdadero; enorme
she lived to a great age vivió hasta una edad muy avanzada
I'll take great care of it lo cuidaré mucho
he didn't say a great deal no dijo mucho
a great deal of time/money/effort mucho tiempo/dinero/esfuerzo; a great deal of suffering mucho sufrimiento
press reports are said to have caused her a great deal of suffering terrorist attacks on the city have caused a great deal of suffering
with great difficulty con gran or mucha dificultad
we had great difficulty convincing them hemos tenido muchas dificultades para convencerlos; he had great difficulty staying awake le costaba mucho mantenerse despierto
to a great extent en gran parte
to an even greater extent incluso en mayor parte
we had great fun lo pasamos fenomenal
great heavens! ¡Cielo Santo! (old-fashioned); ¡Válgame el cielo!
Great Scott!" shouted Bunbury. "What does that lunatic think he's doing?" "Great Heavens!" she cried, seeing me
to be a great help ser de gran ayuda
Having Sam here has been a great help
well, you've been a great help! ¡vaya ayuda la tuya!; ¡pues sí que has sido una ayuda!
I'm in no great hurryI'm not in any great hurry no tengo mucha prisa
you great idiot! ¡pedazo de idiota! (informal)
a great many people believe he was right mucha gente cree que tenía razón
a great many of us are uneasy about these developments a muchos de nosotros estos sucesos nos tienen intranquilos
it was a great pity you didn't come fue una verdadera pena que no vinieses
with great pleasure con gran placer
it's my great pleasure to introduce ... es un gran placer para mí presentar a ...
great progress has been made se han hecho grandes progresos
great Scott! ¡Cielo Santo! (old-fashioned); ¡Válgame el cielo!
Great Scott!" shouted Bunbury. "What does that lunatic think he's doing?"
the concert was a great success el concierto fue un enorme éxito
2 (important) [+achievement, occasion, event] grande
the great cultural achievements of the past los grandes logros culturales del pasado
one of the great issues of the day uno de los temas más importantes del día
everyone said she was destined for great things todos decían que llegaría lejos
I remember people talking about Neil Kinnock in Wales, back in the early Seventies. Even then they said he was destined for great things He was a brilliant student. We thought he was destined for great things, but then he was diagnosed as having a schizoid personality Ellen did rather well, marrying a young stockbroker whom everyone said was destined for great things in the City
great work (masterpiece) obra (f) maestra
he considered his book about Ivan the Terrible to be his great work
3 (outstanding) [+person, nation, skill] grande
one of the greatest engineers of this century uno de los más grandes ingenieros de este siglo
a player of great ability un jugador de gran habilidad
they have a great team spirit he has great understanding in these matters she was one of the great pioneers of women's rights America can be great again she is a woman of great intelligence
she has a great eye for detail tiene muy buen ojo para los detalles
4 (with names)
Frederick/Peter the Great Federico/Pedro el Grande; Alexander the Great Alejandro Magno; the great George Padmore el gran George Padmore
5 (real) (as intensifier) grande
I am a great admirer of his work soy un gran admirador de su obra; they are great friends son grandes amigos; I'm a great chocolate-lover me encanta el chocolate; he was a great womanizer era un gran mujeriego
she is a great believer in hard work es una gran partidaria del trabajo duro
I'm a great believer in being frank soy muy partidario de la franqueza
she's a great one for antique shops le encantan las tiendas de antigüedades; es una fanática de las tiendas de antigüedades
he's a great one for criticizing others es único para criticar a los demás; se las pinta solo para criticar a los demás (informal)
6 (excellent) [+person, thing, idea] estupendo; genial (informal)
they're a great bunch of guys son un grupo de tíos estupendos or geniales (informal); you were great! ¡estuviste genial! (informal); I think she's great creo que es genial (informal); it's a great idea es una idea estupenda; es una idea genial (informal); "how was the movie?" — "it was great!" —¿que tal fue la película? —¡genial! (informal); (that's) great! ¡eso es estupendo!; I heard a great piece of music on the radio oí en la radio una pieza de música genial (informal); wouldn't it be great to do that? ¿no sería fabuloso or genial hacer eso?; camping holidays are great for kids las vacaciones en un camping son estupendas para los críos; las vacaciones en un camping son geniales para los críos (informal)
she was just great about it se lo tomó muy bien
he's great at football juega estupendamente al fútbol
she's great at maths se le dan genial las matemáticas (informal)
to feel great sentirse fenómeno or fenomenal (informal)
you look great! (attractive) ¡estás guapísimo!; (healthy) ¡tienes un aspecto estupendo!
she's great on jazz sabe un montón de jazz (informal)
the great thing is that you don't have to iron it lo mejor de todo es que no tienes que plancharlo
7 (Bot) (Zool) grande
interjection
1 (excellent)
(oh) great! ¡fenómeno! (informal); ¡fenomenal!; ¡qué bien!
2
(oh) great! that's all I need! ¡maravilloso! ¡eso es lo que me faltaba!; if that's what you want to believe, great! si es eso lo que quieres creer, allá tú
adverb
great big grandísimo
I want to give you a great big kiss a great big Italian wedding
noun
(person) grande (m)
the golfing greats los grandes del golf; one of the all-time greats uno de los grandes de todos los tiempos; the great los grandes; history remembers only the great la historia recuerda solo a los grandes; the great and the good los abonados a las buenas causas
modifier
great ape (n) antropoide (m)
the Great Australian Bight (n) el Gran Golfo Australiano
the Great Barrier Reef (n) la Gran Barrera de Coral; el Gran Arrecife Coralino
the Great Bear (n) (Astron) la Osa Mayor
Great Britain (n) Gran Bretaña (f)
Great Dane (n) gran danés (m)
the Great Dividing Range (n) la Gran Cordillera Divisoria
the Great Lakes (n) los Grandes Lagos
the Great Plains (n) las Grandes Llanuras
the great powers (n) las grandes potencias
the United States and the other great powers
great tit (n) paro (m) grande; herrerillo (m) grande
the Great Wall of China (n) la (Gran) Muralla China
the Great War (n) la Primera Guerra Mundial
"Grande" shortened to "gran"
Grande must be shortened to gran before a singular noun of either gender:
Great Britain (La) Gran Bretaña
Position of "grande"
Put gran/grandes before the noun in the sense of "great":
It's a great step forward in the search for peace Es un gran paso en la búsqueda de la paz
He is a (very) great actor Es un gran actor
In the sense of big or large, the adjective will precede the noun in the context of a general, subjective comment. However, when there is implicit or explicit comparison with other things or people that are physically bigger or smaller, it will follow the noun:
It's a big problem Es un gran problema
... the difference in price between big flats and small ones ... ... la diferencia de precio entre los pisos grandes y pequeños ...
... a certain type of large passenger plane ... ... cierto tipo de avión grande para el transporte de pasajeros ...
Compare the following examples:
... a great man ... ... un gran hombre ...
... a big man ... ... un hombre grande ...
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