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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 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.

    Synonyms and related words
    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)

  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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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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