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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.
    Greater China includes many areas north of the Great Wall.
    Greater New York includes nearby parts of three states as well as the City itself.


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