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Definition of "big" []

  • Of considerable size, number, quantity, magnitude, or extent; large. See Synonyms at large. (adjective)
  • Of great force; strong: a big wind; in a big rage. (adjective)
  • Obsolete Of great strength. (adjective)
  • Mature or grown-up: big enough to take the bus by herself. (adjective)
  • Older or eldest. Used especially of a sibling: My big brother is leaving for college next week. (adjective)
  • Of great or considerable size, height, weight, number, power, or capacity (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Having great significance; important (adjective)
  • Important through having power, influence, wealth, authority, etc (adjective)
  • (intensifier usually qualifying something undesirable) (adjective)
  • Considerable in extent or intensity (esp in the phrase in a big way) (adjective)
  • Elder (adjective)
  • Grown-up (adjective)
  • Generous; magnanimous (adjective)
  • (in combination) (adjective)
  • Brimming; full (adjective)
  • Extravagant; boastful (adjective)
  • (of wine) full-bodied, with a strong aroma and flavour (adjective)
  • In an advanced stage of pregnancy (esp in the phrase big with child) (adjective)
  • Boastfully; pretentiously (esp in the phrase talk big) (adverb)
  • In an exceptional way; well (adverb)
  • On a grand scale (esp in the phrase think big) (adverb)

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Use "big" in a sentence
  • "Bush has helped his corporate \'base\ 'create a \'New World Order\' in which robber barons of big oil, assisted by \'big media\ ', rule the world and plunder its resources."
  • "Pale skin, smooth all over, little pink nipples on a smooth, flat chest, snub nose with a little pale spray of freckles, big, _big_ blue eyes, naked as a jaybird, but for the brass-colored bobby-pins holding up her braids."
  • "They looked just as puzzled as he probably did, he saw; they knew they were being called in on something big, and in the IES big meant _big_."