Meaning of “massive” in the English Dictionary

"massive" in British English

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uk /ˈmæs.ɪv/ us /ˈmæs.ɪv/

B2 very large in size, amount, or number:

They have a massive house.
She died after taking a massive overdose of drugs.
If the drought continues, deaths will occur on a massive scale.

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  • The steel industry is coddled by trade protection and massive subsidies.
  • Meanwhile, the massive aerial bombardment/bombing of military targets continued unabated.
  • The fortifications of the castle were massive and impenetrable.
  • Freakish weather conditions have caused massive traffic hold-ups in the area.
  • Only massive changes in government policies will prevent the peso going into free fall .
adverb uk /ˈmæs.ɪ us /ˈmæs.ɪ

The film is a massively (= very) ambitious project.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈmæs.ɪv.nəs/ us /ˈmæs.ɪv.nəs/

(Definition of “massive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"massive" in American English

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us /ˈmæs·ɪv/

very large in size, amount, or degree:

a massive building
He took massive doses of vitamin C.
She died of a massive heart attack.

(Definition of “massive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"massive" in Business English

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uk /ˈmæsɪv/ us

very large in size or amount:

The company needs to raise cash to pay down its massive $1.2 billion debt.
Last year saw central-bank intervention on a truly massive scale.
If you are a major sports star or top bank executive, the rewards are massive.

(Definition of “massive” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)