a big glass of soda
She moved to a bigger city.
the biggest city in the state
He led a big group through the museum.
She works for a big company.
He organized a big advertising campaign.
We had a big fund-raiser for the school. Adverb
He talks big about his plans, but he hasn't done much yet. Noun
with that new promotion he's now one of the bigs in the company
the big story that year was the election of the president See More
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The inflated price of gas or a gallon of milk seems like a bigger problem for Biden than his decision to stick with America’s decades-old military backing of Israel.—Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2023 MasterClass is kicking off its big Black Friday promotion with a 50 percent off deal and a new celebrity instructor.—Rudie Obias, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Nov. 2023 His dedication to each song has meant artists have sought him out for bigger projects.—Elsa Cavazos, Rolling Stone, 16 Nov. 2023 But to be fair, that was before a name as big as Scorsese made an equally weighty effort to learn from and collaborate with a Native community, instead of entering Indian country with no relationship to the locals and leaving the same way.—Selome Hailu, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 New wildcard contestant Cuddle Monster — The Masked Singer’s biggest and furriest costume ever — closed out the competition.—Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 Even before Biden and Xi met, there were some signs of a thaw: The State Department on Tuesday announced that the U.S. and China — two of the world’s biggest polluters — had agreed to pursue efforts to triple renewable energy capacity globally by 2030, through wind, solar and other renewables.—Aamer Madhani, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 The single biggest risk for having a child with syphilis, according to the report, was simply living in a county where syphilis rates are high—and that covers 38 percent of them in the US, and 72 percent of the national population.—WIRED, 16 Nov. 2023 My Everything Shower also makes up for any and all laziness in the grooming department before a big event.—Margaux Anbouba, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2023
The Lakers and the Suns put together a classic, led by James and Durant, with plenty of Lakers role players coming up big in key moments in a 122-119 win to end a three-game losing streak and earn L.A. its first road win of the season.—Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2023 In his first week with the Lakers, he’s already come up big in a scrimmage, hitting a deep three for a winner in one period of play.—Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2023 Conservatorium Hotel This high-end option housed a former music conservatory that’s right by the Van Gogh Museum, Conservatorium Hotel comes up big in both the location and aesthetics department.—Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 12 Sep. 2023 The sophomore quarterback came up big in the clutch to lead Decatur Central to a 43-42 win over New Palestine.—Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Aug. 2023 Anthony Edwards comes up big in second half The U.S. trailed 38-37 at halftime, and Anthony Edwards, who led the U.S. in scoring in the first round of group play with 16.3 points per game, was scoreless in the first half.—Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2023 Jake Oettinger came up big in the shootout by keeping Vegas off the board while Roope Hintz scored the only shootout goal.—Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 10 Apr. 2023 Jones stepped up big again, scoring 37 points while Russell grabbed 29 rebounds and had eight assists in the 110-109 win.—Conor Ryan, BostonGlobe.com, 29 May 2023 The Heat’s remarkable run was in part fueled by role players coming up big in the playoffs.—oregonlive, 4 July 2023
Other bigs coming in include Stevenson, Nelson, Sam Walters and Mouhamed Dioubate.—Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 5 July 2023 Wood could serve as a second-unit big who can run the floor and score.—Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2023 However, while the Diamondbacks get a legitimate closer, the Mariners are getting some utility guys and a top 30 prospect who has already seen the bigs in Canzone.—Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 3 Aug. 2023 Indiana forward/center Trayce Jackson-Davis is a skilled big with defensive versatility, and the 23-year-old could be a good option for the Celtics.—Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, 21 June 2023 Landale was a more versatile backup big for Ayton than the veteran Bismack Biyombo, who's on an expiring one-year deal alongside Lee, on both ends of the floor.—Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 14 May 2023 For Heyward, 34, the personal victories in his 14th season in the bigs have come in the small moments.—Scott Miller, New York Times, 12 Aug. 2023 For Phoenix, Ayton averages the majority of his points off pick and rolls and is one of the best midrange shooting bigs in the paint or midrange for floaters off those plays.—Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2023 Throughout our conversation, the 65-year-old Flash bigs up his home borough, expressing pride that the whole world is celebrating the Bronx as the home of hip-hop.—Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 13 Aug. 2023 See More
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Adjective, Adverb, and Noun
Middle English, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect bugge important man