great vs outstanding what difference

what is difference between great and outstanding

English

Etymology

From Middle English greet (great, large), from Old English grēat (big, thick, coarse, massive), from Proto-Germanic *grautaz (big in size, coarse, coarse grained), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrewd-, *gʰer- (to rub, grind, remove). Cognate with Scots great (coarse in grain or texture, thick, great), West Frisian grut (large, great), Dutch groot (large, stour), German groß (large), Old English grēot (earth, sand, grit). Related to grit.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: grāt, IPA(key): /ɡɹeɪt/
  • Rhymes: -eɪt
  • Homophone: grate

Adjective

great (comparative greater, superlative greatest)

  1. Relatively large in scale, size, extent, number (i.e. having many parts or members) or duration (i.e. relatively long); very big.
  2. Of larger size or more importance than others of its kind.
    • So the King made Daniel a great man […]
  3. (qualifying nouns of family relationship) Involving more generations than the qualified word implies — as many extra generations as repetitions of the word great (from 1510s). [see Derived terms]
  4. (obsolete, postpositive, followed by ‘with’) Pregnant; large with young; full of.
    • the ewes great with young
  5. (obsolete, except with ‘friend’ and similar words such as ‘mate’,’buddy’) Intimate; familiar.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Followers and Friends
      those that are so great with him
  6. Extreme or more than usual.
  7. Of significant importance or consequence; important.
  8. (applied to actions, thoughts and feelings) Arising from or possessing idealism; admirable; superior; commanding; heroic; illustrious; eminent.
  9. Impressive or striking.
  10. Much in use; favoured.
  11. (applied to persons) Endowed with extraordinary powers; of exceptional talents or achievements; uncommonly gifted; able to accomplish vast results; remarkable; strong; powerful; mighty; noble.
  12. Title referring to an important leader.
  13. Doing or exemplifying (a characteristic or pursuit) on a large scale; active or enthusiastic.
  14. (often followed by ‘at’) Skilful or adroit.
  15. (informal) Very good; excellent; wonderful; fantastic. [from 1848]
  16. (informal, Britain) Intensifying a word or expression, used in mild oaths.

Usage notes

Moderating adverbs such as fairly, somewhat, etc. tend not to be used with great. Some intensifiers can be used with some senses of great; for example, a very great amount, a very great man, the party was really great, though not *the party was very great.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:large
  • See also Thesaurus:excellent
  • gr8, grt (Internet slang, text messaging)

Antonyms

  • (very big, large scale): tiny
  • (uncommonly gifted): mediocre, ordinary

Derived terms

Descendants

  • Welsh: grêt

Translations

Interjection

great

  1. Expression of gladness and content about something.
    Great! Thanks for the wonderful work.
    • 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      I am in my new apartment! Great!

  2. 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.

Translations

Noun

great (plural greats)

  1. A person of major significance, accomplishment or acclaim.
    Newton and Einstein are two of the greats of the history of science.
    • 2019, Daniel Taylor, Lionel Messi magic puts Barcelona in command of semi-final with Liverpool (in The Guardian, 1 May 2019)[3]
      Sadio Mané wasted a glorious chance in the first half and, late on, Mohamed Salah turned his shot against a post after a goal-line clearance had spun his way. That, in a nutshell, perhaps sums up the difference between Messi and the players on the next rung below – the ones who can be described as great footballers without necessarily being football greats.
  2. (music) The main division in a pipe organ, usually the loudest division.
  3. (in combinations such as “two-greats”, “three-greats” etc.) An instance of the word “great” signifying an additional generation in phrases expressing family relationships.
    My three-greats grandmother.

Antonyms

  • (person of major significance, accomplishment or acclaim): mediocre

Translations

Adverb

great (not comparable)

  1. (informal) Very well (in a very satisfactory manner).
    Those mechanical colored pencils work great because they don’t have to be sharpened.

Translations

Anagrams

  • ‘Gater, Gater, Greta, ergat-, grate, retag, targe, terga

Old English

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *grautaz (big in size, coarse, coarse grained), from Proto-Indo-European *ghrewə- (to fell, put down, fall in). Cognate with Old Saxon grōt (large, thick, coarse, stour), Old High German grōz (large, thick, coarse), Old English grot (particle). More at groat.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡræ͜ɑːt/

Adjective

grēat

  1. great, massive
  2. tall
  3. thick; stout
  4. coarse

Declension

Derived terms

  • grēatnes

Descendants

  • Middle English: greet, grete
    • English: great, (dialectal) gert
      • Welsh: grêt
    • Scots: great, greet, grete, greit

Scots

Alternative forms

  • greet, grete, greit

Etymology

From Old English grēat, from Proto-Germanic *grautaz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ɡrɛt], [ɡrɪt]
  • (North Northern Scots) IPA(key): [ɡrit]

Adjective

great (comparative greater, superlative greatest)

  1. great
  2. coarse (in grain or texture)
  3. (of things) thick, bulky, roomy
  4. (of people) big, stout
  5. (of a river) swollen with rain, in flood
  6. (of the sea) high, stormy
  7. intimate, friendly


English

Etymology

From outstand, equivalent to out- +‎ standing.

Pronunciation

Verb

outstanding

  1. present participle of outstand

Adjective

outstanding (comparative more outstanding, superlative most outstanding)

  1. Prominent or noticeable; standing out from others.
    Synonyms: eminent, noteworthy; see also Thesaurus:notable
  2. Exceptionally good; distinguished from others by its superiority.
    Synonyms: amazing, impressive; see also Thesaurus:awesome
    Antonym: mediocre
  3. Projecting outwards.
    Synonyms: prominent, protuberant
  4. Unresolved; not settled or finished.
    Synonyms: unfinished, unsettled, wide open
  5. Owed as a debt.
    Synonyms: unpaid, unsettled
    • 1927-29, M.K. Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, translated 1940 by Mahadev Desai, Part I, Chapter xvi:
      I kept account of every farthing I spent, and my expenses were carefully calculated. Every little item such as omnibus fares or postage or a couple of coppers spent on newspapers, would be entered, and the balance struck every evening before going to bed. That habit has stayed with me ever since, and I know that as a result, though I have had to handle public funds amounting to lakhs, I have succeeded in exercising strict economy in their disbursement, and instead of outstanding debts have had invariably a surplus balance in respect of all the movements I have led. Let every youth take a leaf out of my book and make it a point to account for everything that comes into and goes out of his pocket, and like me he is sure to be a gainer in the end.

Derived terms

  • outstandingly
  • outstandingness

Related terms

  • stand out
  • stand-out

Translations

Anagrams

  • standing out

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