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English definition of “big”

big

adjective
 
 
/bɪɡ/ (bigger, biggest)
SIZE A1 large in size or amount: I come from a big family. We're looking for a bigger house.Big and quite bigEnormous
IMPORTANT A2 important or serious: Tonight's big game is between Real Madrid and Manchester United. Buying that car was a big mistake.ImportanceUseful or advantageous
your big brother/sister informal A2 your older brother/sisterFamily relations in general
SUCCESSFUL informal successful or popular: The programme's been a big hit (= very popular) with young children.Liked, or not liked, by many peopleSuccessful (things or people)
make it big informal to become very successful or famousFame and famousSuccess and achievementsHigher and lower points of achievementFailuresSucceeding, achieving and fulfilling
(Definition of big from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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