[ UK /bˈɪɡ/ ]
[ US /ˈbɪɡ/ ]
ADJECTIVE
  1. significant
    graduation was a big day in his life
  2. marked by intense physical force
    a big wind
  3. generous and understanding and tolerant
    a large and generous spirit
    a heart big enough to hold no grudges
    a large heart
    that's very big of you to be so forgiving
    magnanimous toward his enemies
  4. given or giving freely
    was a big tipper
    a freehanded host
    a munificent gift
    the bounteous goodness of God
    Saturday's child is loving and giving
    a handsome allowance
    her fond and openhanded grandfather
    bountiful compliments
    a munificent gift
    a liberal backer of the arts
  5. loud and firm
    a big voice
    big bold piano sounds
  6. very intense
    in a big rage
    a bad storm
    a bad headache
    had a big (or bad) shock
    a bad earthquake
  7. exhibiting self-importance
    big talk
  8. above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
    big businesses
    a big group of scientists
    a large family
    a large city
    a big expenditure
    a big (or large) barn
    set out for the big city
    large areas of the world
    a large number of newspapers
    a large sum
  9. conspicuous in position or importance
    he's very large in financial circles
    a big figure in the movement
    big man on campus
    a prominent citizen
  10. feeling self-importance
    too big for his britches
    he was swelled with pride
    had a swelled head
  11. in an advanced stage of pregnancy
    was big with child
    was great with child
  12. (of animals) fully developed
    a grown woman
    an adult animal
  13. prodigious
    big eater
    big spender
    heavy investor
ADVERB
  1. in a boastful manner
    he talked big all evening
  2. in a major way
    the play failed big at the box office
  3. on a grand scale
    think big
  4. extremely well
    his performance went over big
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How To Use big In A Sentence

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