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adjective uk   /bɪɡ/ (bigger, biggest) us  

big adjective (LARGE)

A1 large in size or amount: He's a big man. Could I try these shoes in a bigger size? They have a big house in the country. She has blonde hair and big blue eyes. She had a big pay rise. I had a great big slice of chocolate cake for dessert. A thousand people took part in the region's biggest ever cycle race. informal You write August with a big (= capital) "a". informal She's always been a big spender (= she has always spent a lot of money). informal You're not a very big eater, are you? (= You do not eat a lot.)A2 informal older or more like an adult: Her big (= older) sister/brother told her to go away. I'm ashamed of you. You're big enough to know better (= at an age where you should know that your behaviour is not acceptable).C2 [before noun] informal used to add emphasis: You're a big bully! He fell for her in a big way (= was greatly attracted to her).
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big adjective (IMPORTANT)

A2 important, because of being powerful, or having a lot of influence or a serious effect: He had a big decision to make. There's a big difference between starting up a business and just talking about it. The big story in the news this week is the mayor's resignation. The four biggest banks are all planning to cut their service charges.be big somewhere/in sth informal to be important or famous in a particular place or type of work: They're big in Japan, but no one's heard of them here.C1 informal If a product or activity is big, it is extremely popular: Hip-hop is still big today.
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