great·er also Great·er (grātər)
1. Of, relating to, or being a city considered together with its populous suburbs: the greater metropolitan area of Dallas; Greater Los Angeles.
2. Of, relating to, or being a region considered to be the rightful homeland of a particular people, particularly when extending beyond the current boundaries of their country: Hitler's desire for a Greater Germany led him to annex the Sudetenland.
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