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big

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adjective \ˈbig\

Simple Definition of big

  • : large in size

  • : large in number or amount

  • : involving or including many people, things, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of big

bigger

biggest

  1. 1 a obsolete :  of great strength b :  of great force <a big storm>

  2. 2 a :  large or great in dimensions, bulk, or extent <a big house>; also :  large or great in quantity, number, or amount <a big fleet> b :  operating on a large scale <big government> c :  capital 1

  3. 3 a :  pregnant; especially :  nearly ready to give birth b :  full to bursting :  swelling <big with rage> c of the voice :  full and resonant

  4. 4 a :  chief, preeminent <the big issue of the campaign> b :  outstandingly worthy or able <a truly big man> c :  of great importance or significance <the big moment> d :  imposing, pretentious; also :  marked by or given to boasting <big talk> e :  magnanimous, generous <was big about it>

  5. 5 :  popular <soft drinks are very big in Mexico — Russ Leadabrand>

  6. 6 :  full-bodied and flavorful —used of wine

bigly

adverb

bigness

noun

big on

  1. :  strongly favoring or liking; also :  noted for <she is big on blushing — Arnold Hano>

Examples of big in a sentence

  1. a big glass of soda

  2. She moved to a bigger city.

  3. the biggest city in the state

  4. He led a big group through the museum.

  5. She works for a big company.

  6. He organized a big advertising campaign.

  7. We had a big fund-raiser for the school.



Origin and Etymology of big

Middle English, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect bugge important man


First Known Use: 14th century


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big

adverb

Simple Definition of big

  • : in a big way

  • : in a way that is meant to impress people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of big

  1. 1 :  in a loud or declamatory manner; also :  in a boasting manner <talk big>

  2. 2 a :  to a large amount or extent <won big> b :  on a large scale <think big>

  3. 3 :  hard <hits her forehand big>

Examples of big in a sentence

  1. He talks big about his plans, but he hasn't done much yet.



1556

First Known Use of big

1556


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big

noun

Definition of big

  1. :  an individual or organization of outstanding importance or power; especially :  major league —usually used in plural <playing in the bigs>



Examples of big in a sentence

  1. <with that new promotion he's now one of the bigs in the company>

  2. <when a candidate is running for president, he's playing in the bigs and cannot afford to make major mistakes>



1833

First Known Use of big

1833

Rhymes with big



BIG Defined for Kids

big

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adjective \ˈbig\

Definition of big for Students

bigger

biggest

  1. 1 :  large in size <a big house> <a big man>

  2. 2 :  large in number or amount <a big group>

  3. 3 :  of great importance <big news>

  4. 4 :  of great strength or force <a big storm>

bigness

noun




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