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Definition 1: above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where big or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a large city
  • set out for the big city
  • a large sum
  • a big (or large) barn
  • a large family
  • big businesses
  • a big expenditure
  • a large number of newspapers
  • a big group of scientists
  • large areas of the world

Synonyms for big in the sense of this definition

(big is similar to ...) including much

"the pianist's wide-ranging repertoire"

(big is similar to ...) of anything that is large but not the largest

(big is similar to ...) imposing in scale or scope or degree or power

"massive retaliatory power" "a massive increase in oil prices" "massive changes"

(big is similar to ...) imposing in size or bulk or solidity

"massive oak doors" "Moore's massive sculptures" "the monolithic proportions of Stalinist architecture" "a monumental scale"

(big is similar to ...) very large; appropriate to the size of a man

"a man-sized piece of cake"

(big is similar to ...) very large in scale or scope or capability

(big is similar to ...) large enough to be visible with the naked eye

(big is similar to ...) being of the same size as an original

"a life-size sculpture"

(big is similar to ...) constructed or drawn to a big scale

"large-scale maps"

(big is similar to ...) unusually large in scope

"a large-scale attack on AIDS is needed"

(big is similar to ...) having a relatively large mouth

(big is similar to ...) abnormally large

(big is similar to ...) like a mountain in size and impressiveness

"mountainous waves" "a mountainous dark man"

(big is similar to ...) (British informal) enormous

"a whacking phone bill" "a whacking lie"

(big is similar to ...) large in volume or bulk

"a voluminous skirt"

(big is similar to ...) formed or rising in rounded masses

"gasping with the volumed smoke"

(big is similar to ...) of great force or power

(big is similar to ...) extremely large

"another super skyscraper"

(big is similar to ...) allowing ample room for ranging

(big is similar to ...) (used especially of beds) not as large as king-size

"a queen-sized bed"

(big is similar to ...) very large; of exceptional size for its kind

"won by a plumping majority"

(big is similar to ...) excessively large

(big is similar to ...) larger than normal for its kind

(big is similar to ...) extra large

"a king-size bed"

(big is similar to ...) (used informally) very large

"a thumping loss"

(big is similar to ...) of great size and bulk

"a hulking figure of a man" "three hulking battleships"

(big is similar to ...) large in capacity

"she carried a capacious bag"

(big is similar to ...) of large size for its weight

(big is similar to ...) very large in expanse or scope

"a broad lawn" "the wide plains" "a spacious view" "spacious skies"

(big is similar to ...) being puffed out; used of hair style or clothing

"a bouffant skirt"

(big is similar to ...) as of a photograph; made larger

"the enlarged photograph revealed many details"

(big is similar to ...) somewhat large

(big is similar to ...) large or big relative to something else

(big is similar to ...) large as a bear

(big is similar to ...) inconceivably large

(big is similar to ...) fairly large in size

"a sizable fortune" "an ample waistline" "of ample proportions"

(big is similar to ...) so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe

"colossal crumbling ruins of an ancient temple" "has a colossal nerve" "a prodigious storm" "a stupendous field of grass" "stupendous demand"

(big is similar to ...) large in quantity or size

"deep cuts in the budget"

(big is similar to ...) unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope

"huge government spending" "huge country estates" "huge popular demand for higher education" "a huge wave" "the Los Angeles aqueduct winds like an immense snake along the base of the mountains" "immense numbers of birds" "at vast (or immense) expense" "the vast reaches of outer space" "the vast accumulation of knowledge...which we call civilization"

(big is similar to ...) large and impressive in physical size or extent

"the bridge is a grand structure"

(big is similar to ...) relatively large in size or number or extent; larger than others of its kind

"a great juicy steak" "a great multitude" "the great auk" "a great old oak" "a great ocean liner" "a great delay"

(big is similar to ...) so exceedingly large or extensive as to suggest a giant or mammoth

"a gigantic redwood" "gigantic disappointment" "a mammoth ship" "a mammoth multinational corporation"

(big is similar to ...) large in spatial extent or range or scope or quantity

"an extensive Roman settlement in northwest England" "extended farm lands" "surgeons with extended experience" "they suffered extensive damage"

(big is similar to ...) very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale)

"an epic voyage" "of heroic proportions" "heroic sculpture"

(big is similar to ...) of great mass; huge and bulky

"a jumbo jet" "jumbo shrimp"

(big is similar to ...) inconceivably extended in space or time

(big is similar to ...) extraordinarily large in size or extent or amount or power or degree

"an enormous boulder" "enormous expenses" "tremendous sweeping plains" "a tremendous fact in human experience; that a whole civilization should be dependent on technology" "a plane took off with a tremendous noise"

(big is similar to ...) large enough for two

"a double bed" "a double room"

(... are attributes of big) the physical magnitude of something (how big it is)

"a wolf is about the size of a large dog"

Definition 2: in a boastful manner - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where big or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he talked big all evening

Synonyms for big in the sense of this definition

Definition 3: in a major way - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where big or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the play failed big at the box office

Definition 4: on a grand scale - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where big or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • think big

Definition 5: extremely well - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where big or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his performance went over big

Definition 6: conspicuous in position or importance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where big or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a big figure in the movement
  • big man on campus
  • he's very large in financial circles
  • a prominent citizen

Synonyms for big in the sense of this definition

(big is similar to ...) obvious to the eye or mind

"a tower conspicuous at a great distance" "wore conspicuous neckties" "made herself conspicuous by her exhibitionistic preening"

Definition 7: given or giving freely - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where big or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • was a big tipper
  • the bounteous goodness of God
  • bountiful compliments
  • a freehanded host
  • a handsome allowance
  • Saturday's child is loving and giving
  • a liberal backer of the arts
  • a munificent gift
  • her fond and openhanded grandfather

Synonyms for big in the sense of this definition

(big is similar to ...) willing to give and share unstintingly

"a generous donation"

Definition 8: generous and understanding and tolerant - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where big or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a heart big enough to hold no grudges
  • that's very big of you to be so forgiving
  • a large and generous spirit
  • a large heart
  • magnanimous toward his enemies

Synonyms for big in the sense of this definition

(big is similar to ...) not petty in character and mind

"unusually generous in his judgment of people"

Definition 9: marked by intense physical force - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where big or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a big wind

(big is similar to ...) of great intensity or power or force

"a heavy blow" "the fighting was heavy" "heavy seas"

Definition 10: significant - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where big or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • graduation was a big day in his life

(big is similar to ...) of great significance or value

"important people" "the important questions of the day"

(big is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 11: prodigious - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where big or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • big spender
  • big eater
  • heavy investor

Synonyms for big in the sense of this definition

(big is similar to ...) excessive in behavior

"intemperate rage"

Definition 12: very intense - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where big or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a bad headache
  • in a big rage
  • had a big (or bad) shock
  • a bad earthquake
  • a bad storm

Synonyms for big in the sense of this definition

(big is similar to ...) possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree

"intense heat" "intense anxiety" "intense desire" "intense emotion" "the skunk's intense acrid odor" "intense pain" "enemy fire was intense"

Definition 13: loud and firm - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where big or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a big voice
  • big bold piano sounds

(big is similar to ...) characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity

"a group of loud children" "loud thunder" "her voice was too loud" "loud trombones"

Definition 14: (of animals) fully developed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where big or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an adult animal
  • a grown woman

Synonyms for big in the sense of this definition

(big is similar to ...) having reached full natural growth or development

"a mature cell"

(big belongs to category ...) a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

Definition 15: in an advanced stage of pregnancy - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where big or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • was big with child
  • was great with child

Synonyms for big in the sense of this definition

(big is similar to ...) carrying developing offspring within the body or being about to produce new life

Definition 16: feeling self-importance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where big or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • too big for his britches
  • had a swelled head
  • he was swelled with pride

Synonyms for big in the sense of this definition

(big is similar to ...) feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride

"proud parents" "a proud moment" "proud to serve his country" "a proud name" "proud princes"

Definition 17: exhibiting self-importance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where big or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • big talk

Synonyms for big in the sense of this definition

(big is similar to ...) feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride

"proud parents" "a proud moment" "proud to serve his country" "a proud name" "proud princes"

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