[ UK /bˈɪɡ/ ]
[ US /ˈbɪɡ/ ]
  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
  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

  • There's a big difference between an amateur video and a slick Hollywood production.
  • Forbes: In terms of scale, the size of a bank for lending, is there a point where being bigger does not make you more efficient in lending? Transcript: Richard Bove
  • Sefelt has pulled back halfway normal, swelling up and down with big wet, rattling breaths.
  • Methone is a bit bigger than Anthe, at 3km (1.8 miles) in diameter, it too was discovered by the Cassini imaging team in 2004. Tom's Astronomy Blog
  • I think a lot of players from bigger clubs have spent time on loan at smaller clubs and it has really helped.
  • She has one annoying but lovable big brother that looks out for her, and a little sister that adores and idolizes her.
  • (Variety's Dennis Harvey called Mr. Friedman's onscreen persona "nebbishy"; The Boston Globe's Wesley Morris was a little nicer, saying, "The movie is the product of his big, shiny love of forgotten soul legends whom superstardom ... has eluded.") Did Pirated 'Wolverine' Review Get Fox 411's Roger Friedman Fired? [Update]
  • That which is soft and effeminate, which is calculated to excite the passions, by multitudes of ambiguous expressions, (not the less dangerous for being so cloaked) should be considered by Christians as an abuse the more deplorable, as it has even been censured and condemned by the pagans. The Life and Legends of Saint Francis of Assisi
  • If head-to-toe leopard seems a bit too Big Cat Diary to appeal, then a waterproof rucksack or bumbag in the same print are an easy way to add a distinctive touch to a more classic outfit. The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed
  • I ` d like to see it minus bodywork to see if it ` s got smaller wheels than the big old hoops normal for the period, cos i reckon even tho the bodywork is quite wide, full lock would find large dia. wheels causing a few problems. 1930 Art Deco Henderson
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