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adjective big pronunciation in British English /bɪɡ/
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  1. 1
    large in size
    a beautiful woman with big eyes
    He kept all his secret papers in a big box.
    great big (=very big): At the end of the lane was a great big house.
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    1. a.
      a big person is tall and heavy, and often fat
      A big man stood in the doorway.
  2. 2
    large in degree, or having a strong effect
    The company faces big problems.
    The concerts have been a big success.
    1. a.
      very enthusiastic or serious about something
      They were big fans of the Beatles.
    2. b.
      [not usually before noun] informal popular with many people
      a type of music that is big in America
  3. 3
    important or major
    We have another big game next week.
    I had never been involved in making the big decisions before.
    Big changes are likely to be made.
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    1. a.
      powerful or successful in a particular area of activity
      The place was full of big businessmen.
      big in: Her mother is big in daytime television.
      the big two/three/four etc (=the two/three/four etc most important people or organizations): Other stores struggle to compete with the big four retailers.
    2. b.




      mainly journalism used for referring to large and powerful industries that are considered to have a lot of political influence
      Big Tobacco (=the major cigarette companies)
      an important victory for Big Oil
  4. 4
    a big boy or a big girl is getting older or is older than another child. This word is used mainly by children or when speaking to children
    Come on, you’re a big girl now (=old enough to behave like an adult).
    1. a.
      your big sister or big brother is older than you are
      This is my big brother, Jake.
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