Definition of Big by Merriam-Webster

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a big glass of soda

She moved to a bigger city.

the biggest city in the state

He led a big group through the museum.

She works for a big company.

He organized a big advertising campaign.

We had a big fund-raiser for the school.


He talks big about his plans, but he hasn’t done much yet.


with that new promotion he’s now one of the bigs in the company

when a candidate is running for president, he’s playing in the bigs and cannot afford to make major mistakes

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The right combination of sun and rain has yielded big, juicy berries.

John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Aug. 2021

And of course, I got distracted by an Instagram ad for big fat sectional sofas or some shirt.

Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, 22 Aug. 2021

Adams, who spent all last season on the team’s practice squad, was pushing for a roster spot before this big play.

Brad Biggs,, 22 Aug. 2021

Habi, looking hella adorable in his Día de los Muertos costume, accompanies Ju Ju for her big presentation.

Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 22 Aug. 2021

Outside the airport on Saturday, Western troops in full combat gear tried to control crowds big enough to be seen in satellite photos.

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At 6 feet 5, with long arms and big feet, junior Baxter Chelsom of Studio City Harvard-Westlake has found the perfect position to play in water polo.

Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2021

The bureau has 654 full-time employees and an annual operating budget of about $268 million, which does not include big-ticket construction projects.

oregonlive, 22 Aug. 2021

The Gulf Coast is making a big push for High Speed Rail.

David Sher, al, 22 Aug. 2021

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

To successfully tackle record-setting swimming yardage, Ledecky leans big on recovery.

Johanna Gretsche, SELF, 18 Aug. 2021

The drama is played up big in this exclusive trailer teasing the Gold Rush spinoff called Winter’s Fortune.

Lynette Rice,, 29 July 2021

My son is a sensitive boy, red-haired and big-cheeked.

Curtis Sittenfeld, The Atlantic, 16 July 2021

This year, Bessette envisions the Birdies for Charity program, which helps nonprofits throughout the region, benefitting big from the tournament.

Dom Amore,, 22 June 2021

Milwaukee has won two games in this series and led big in a third, so there are no drastic measures to take in order to push the Nets to the limit or even finally steal a game on the road at the Barclays Center.

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Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 June 2021

The Browns wanted to add speed this offseason and Andrew Berry swung big in adding wide receiver Anthony Schwartz with a third-round pick in the NFL Draft.

Scott Patsko, cleveland, 20 May 2021

Gaskin came up big in the late-season win over the Raiders in Las Vegas, scoring two of his five touchdowns in that second half in Miami’s come-from-behind win to keep the Dolphins in playoff contention before their blowout Week 17 loss at Buffalo.

David Furones,, 18 July 2021

This summer, Instagram feeds are featuring splashy girl trips, bachelor parties, weddings and family reunions as consumers go big after a year at home.

Laura Forman, WSJ, 1 July 2021

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This gives the Cavs their rim-protecting big who is a solid pick-and-roll player with an improving offensive game.

Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2021

On offense, Mobley is a big who has a guard’s handle, passes the ball well and is a decent short to midrange shooter.

cleveland, 1 Aug. 2021

The All-Star big had back-to-back 34-point games in those wins, but hyperextended his left knee after landing awkwardly following a chasedown block on Booker in Game 3.

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Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 31 July 2021

DeRozan made $27 million last season and probably doesn’t want to take that big of a pay cut.

Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2021

With Jones, the Hornets are getting an athletic big who can create his own offense and potentially guard multiple positions on the other end of the floor.

Dallas News, 30 July 2021

In the larger area of the amphitheater, up to 2,000 can fit, though Jenny Cash, vice president of The Parks Alliance of Indianapolis, said organizers aren’t planning for that big of a draw for the first season.

Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 22 July 2021

Giles, whose career has been hindered by injuries dating back to high school, is an athletic big with strong passing skills and finishes well at the basket.

oregonlive, 12 July 2021

Also, are the Cubs really going to be this big of a problem?

Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word ‘big.’ Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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