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great +‎ -er



  1. comparative form of great: more great
  2. Used in referring to a region or place together with the surrounding area; (of a city) metropolitan.
    • 1990, Geza Peter Lauter & Chikara Higashi, Internationalization of the Japanese Economy, ISBN 0792390520, p. 285
      [] statistics revealing that while greater Tokyo has a total area that represents only 3.6 percent of the total land available [] more than 25 percent of the country's population live there.
    • 1997, Virginia Boucher, Interlibrary Loan Practices Handbook, ISBN 0838906672, p. 98
      [] research libraries [] located in the greater Midwest.
    • 2004, Richard Alan Meckel & Heather Munro Prescott, Children and Youth in Sickness and in Health: A Historical Handbook and Guide, ISBN 0313330417, p. 201
      The rate in isolated counties was about a third higher than in the greater metropolitan counties.


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Most common English words before 1923: especially · placed · desire · #564: greater · army · horse · send