Meaning of BIG in English

BIG

transcription, транскрипция: [ bɪg ]

( bigger, biggest)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.

1.

A big person or thing is large in physical size.

Australia’s a big country...

Her husband was a big man...

The car was too big to fit into our garage.

= large

≠ small

ADJ

2.

Something that is big consists of many people or things.

The crowd included a big contingent from Ipswich.

...the big backlog of applications.

= large

≠ small

ADJ

3.

If you describe something such as a problem, increase, or change as a big one, you mean it is great in degree, extent, or importance.

Her problem was just too big for her to tackle on her own...

There could soon be a big increase in unemployment.

= serious

≠ small

ADJ

4.

A big organization employs many people and has many customers.

Exchange is largely controlled by big banks.

...one of the biggest companies in Italy.

= large

≠ small

ADJ

5.

If you say that someone is big in a particular organization, activity, or place, you mean that they have a lot of influence or authority in it. ( INFORMAL )

Their father was very big in the army...

I’m sure all the big names will come to the club.

ADJ : ADJ n , v-link ADJ in n

6.

If you call someone a big bully or a big coward, you are emphasizing your disapproval of them. ( INFORMAL )

ADJ : ADJ n [ emphasis ]

7.

Children often refer to their older brother or sister as their big brother or sister.

ADJ : ADJ n

8.

Capital letters are sometimes referred to as big letters. ( INFORMAL )

...a big letter J.

= capital

ADJ : ADJ n

9.

Big words are long or rare words which have meanings that are difficult to understand. ( INFORMAL )

They use a lot of big words.

ADJ : usu ADJ n

10.

If you make it big , you become successful or famous. ( INFORMAL )

We’re not just looking at making it big in the UK, we want to be big internationally.

PHRASE : V inflects

11.

If you think big , you make plans on a large scale, often using a lot of time, effort, or money.

Maybe we’re not thinking big enough.

PHRASE : V inflects

12.

If something is happening in a big way , it is happening on a large scale. ( INFORMAL )

I think boxing will take off in a big way here.

PHRASE : PHR after v

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