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American English: /ɡreɪt/
British English: /ɡreɪt/

Translation of great in Spanish:


  • 1 (before noun) 1.1 (large in size) (singular)
    grandes before noun
    the Great Lakes
    los Grandes Lagos
    Example sentences
    • He's a young lad with a good physique and a great amount of potential.
    • Her work forces the viewer to think, and above all to feel, with great intensity.
    • Father Jones who hosted the event in is house thanks all those who helped in any way to raise such a great amount.
    1.2 (number/quantity) (singular)
    grandes before noun
    a great many people
    muchísima gente
    a great deal of criticism
    muchas críticas
    the great majority
    la gran mayoría
    to fall from a great height
    caerse de muy alto
    we discussed it in great detail
    lo discutimos muy minuciosamente or punto por punto
    she lived to a great age
    vivió hasta una edad muy avanzada
    on an even greater scale
    incluso a mayor escala
    there's a dirty great hole in my sock (British) [colloquial]
    tengo un agujerazo en el calcetín [colloquial]
    1.3 (profound, intense)
    gran before noun
    with great interest/care
    con gran interés/cuidado
    great progress has been made
    se han hecho grandes progresos
    greater help is needed
    se necesita más ayuda
    Example sentences
    • The air of studied banality persists even during moments of great importance.
    • Meditation is of great importance and is central to the practice of the Eightfold Path.
    • The room was next to the kitchen and was a place of great importance.
  • 2 (before noun) 2.1 (important) (landowner/occasion/problem) (singular)
    grandes before noun
    the great houses of England
    las grandes mansiones de Inglaterra
    the great American novel
    la gran novela americana
    the Great Fire of London
    el gran incendio de Londres
    the Great Powers
    las grandes potencias
    Example sentences
    • Today, more than ever, the government lacks any grand visions and great causes.
    • It is somewhat ironic that the last great monument of the house of Wessex was mainly a product of Norman culture.
    • We congratulate him and thank him for his great contribution to the grand old club.
    2.2 (outstanding)
    gran before noun
    grandes before noun
    Catherine the Great
    Catalina la Grande
    she was destined for great things
    estaba predestinada a llegar lejos
    Example sentences
    • He did concede, however, that there were some whose quality was so great that they must be saved.
    • Westlake, for you youngsters, is a crime novelist of long standing and great eminence.
    • The event is just dreadful and yet the way it's recorded is great art and it leads us into a kind of paradox.
    Example sentences
    • This is slightly harder to do, but with practice it makes an excellent show-stopper and a great way to win a pig.
    • The staff always go out of their way for me, too, and the guys who own it are great blokes.
    • I never knew his Dad, but if he was anything like his son I'm sure he was a truly great guy.
    2.3 (genuine, real) (friend/rival) (singular)
    grandes before noun
    it's a great pity you can't come
    es una verdadera lástima que no puedas venir
    I'm in no great hurry
    no tengo mucha prisa
    no estoy muy apurado (Latin America)
    you're a great help! [colloquial] [ironic]
    ¡valiente ayuda la tuya! [ironic]
    she's leaving — it's no great loss
    se va — no se pierde mucho
    she has a great eye for detail
    tiene muy buen ojo para los detalles
    I'm a great fan of yours
    soy un gran admirador suyo
    I'm a great believer in …
    soy un gran partidario de …
    she's a great one for ginseng [colloquial]
    es una fanática del ginseng
    he's a great one for starting arguments [colloquial]
    ¡es único para empezar discusiones!
    para empezar discusiones es (como) mandado a hacer (Southern Cone) [colloquial]
    you great idiot!
    ¡pedazo de idiota! [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Eileen is very quiet and Brian is wonderful, he has been a great friend of mine over the years and I am delighted for them.
    • As a great fan of porridge, I was looking forward to judging the offerings.
    • I'm a great fan of cryptic crosswords, even though they are tantalisingly difficult.
  • 3 (excellent) [colloquial]
    we had a really great time
    lo pasamos fenomenal [colloquial]
    the great thing is that you don't need to clean it
    lo mejor de todo es que no hay que limpiarlo
    he's a really great guy
    es un tipo sensacional [colloquial]
    es un tío sensacional (Spain) [colloquial]
    he was just great about it
    se lo tomó muy bien
    to be great at somethingshe's great at chess
    juega estupendamente al ajedrez
    he's great at mending things
    se da mucha maña para hacer arreglos
    to be great on somethinghe's great on pop music
    sabe mucho de música pop
    (as interjection) (that's) great!
    ¡qué bien!
    ¡bárbaro! [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • She knows how all - consuming life becomes in this business and she is great at keeping my feet on the ground.
    • She was great at reading other people, just not so perceptive when it came to herself.
    • I'm terribly proud of her and I think she's great at her job, and being a mother.


  • 2 (important people) (+ plural verb) the great
    la gente importante
    los grandes
    the great and the good (British) [humorous]
    las vacas sagradas [humorous]


  • (esp US) [colloquial]
    fenomenal [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • We got along great when we were dating, living together, and even MUCH better once we got married.
    • They played great in all their matches.
    • I think he did great in this, it's a big film to walk into.
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