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Whole vs. Big

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Wholeadjective

Entire.

‘I ate a whole fish.’;

Bigadjective

Of great size, large.

‘Elephants are big animals, and they eat a lot.’;

Wholeadjective

Sound, uninjured, healthy.

‘He is of whole mind, but the same cannot be said about his physical state.’;

Bigadjective

(of an industry or other field) Thought to have undue influence.

‘There were concerns about the ethics of big science.’;

Wholeadjective

(of food) From which none of its constituents has been removed.

‘whole wheat;’; ‘whole milk’;

Bigadjective

Popular.

‘That style is very big right now in Europe, especially among teenagers.’;

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Wholeadverb

(colloquial) In entirety; entirely; wholly.

‘I ate a fish whole!’;

Bigadjective

(informal) Adult.

‘Kids should get help from big people if they want to use the kitchen.’;

Wholenoun

Something complete, without any parts missing.

‘This variety of fascinating details didn't fall together into an enjoyable, coherent whole.’;

Bigadjective

(informal) Fat.

‘Gosh, she is big!’;

Wholenoun

An entirety.

Bigadjective

(informal) Important or significant.

‘What's so big about that? I do it all the time.’;

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Wholeadjective

Containing the total amount, number, etc.; comprising all the parts; free from deficiency; all; total; entire; as, the whole earth; the whole solar system; the whole army; the whole nation.

‘The whole race of mankind.’;

Bigadjective

Enthusiastic (about).

‘I'm not big on the idea, but if you want to go ahead with it, I won't stop you.’;

Wholeadjective

Complete; entire; not defective or imperfect; not broken or fractured; unimpaired; uninjured; integral; as, a whole orange; the egg is whole; the vessel is whole.

‘My life is yet whole in me.’;

Bigadjective

of (informal) Mature, conscientious, principled; generous.

‘That's very big of you, thank you!’; ‘I tried to be the bigger person and just let it go, but I couldn't help myself.’;

Wholeadjective

Possessing, or being in a state of, heath and soundness; healthy; sound; well.

‘[She] findeth there her friends hole and sound.’; ‘They that be whole need not a physician.’; ‘When Sir Lancelot's deadly hurt was whole.’; ‘All the whole army stood agazed on him.’; ‘One entire and perfect chrysolite.’; ‘Lest total darkness should by night regainHer old possession, and extinguish life.’; ‘So absolute she seems,And in herself complete.’;

Bigadjective

(informal) Well-endowed, possessing large breasts in the case of a woman or a large penis in the case of a man.

‘Whoa, Nadia has gotten pretty big since she hit puberty.’;

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Wholenoun

The entire thing; the entire assemblage of parts; totality; all of a thing, without defect or exception; a thing complete in itself.

‘"This not the whole of life to live,Nor all of death to die.’;

Bigadjective

Large with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce.

‘She was big with child.’;

Wholenoun

A regular combination of parts; a system.

‘Parts answering parts shall slide into a whole.’;

Bigadjective

(informal) Used as an intensifier, especially of negative-valence nouns

‘You are a big liar.’; ‘Why are you in such a big hurry?’;

Wholenoun

all of something including all its component elements or parts;

‘Europe considered as a whole’; ‘the whole of American literature’;

Bigadjective

(of a city) populous

Wholenoun

an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity;

‘how big is that part compared to the whole?’; ‘the team is a unit’;

Bigadverb

In a loud manner.

Wholeadjective

including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete;

‘gave his whole attention’; ‘a whole wardrobe for the tropics’; ‘the whole hog’; ‘a whole week’; ‘the baby cried the whole trip home’; ‘a whole loaf of bread’;

Bigadverb

In a boasting manner.

‘He's always talking big, but he never delivers.’;

Wholeadjective

(of siblings) having the same parents;

‘whole brothers and sisters’;

Bigadverb

In a large amount or to a large extent.

‘He won big betting on the croquet championship.’;

Wholeadjective

exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health;

‘hale and hearty’; ‘whole in mind and body’; ‘a whole person again’;

Bigadverb

On a large scale, expansively.

‘You've got to think big to succeed at Amalgamated Plumbing.’;

Wholeadverb

to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly');

‘he was wholly convinced’; ‘entirely satisfied with the meal’; ‘it was completely different from what we expected’; ‘was completely at fault’; ‘a totally new situation’; ‘the directions were all wrong’; ‘it was not altogether her fault’; ‘an altogether new approach’; ‘a whole new idea’;

Bigadverb

Hard.

‘He hit him big and the guy just crumpled.’;

Bignoun

Someone or something that is large in stature

Bignoun

An important or powerful person; a celebrity; a big name.

Bignoun

(as plural) The big leagues, big time.

Bignoun

One or more kinds of barley, especially six-rowed barley.

Bigverb

(transitive) To praise, recommend, or promote.

Bigverb

to inhabit; occupy

Bigverb

to locate oneself

Bigverb

to build; erect; fashion

Bigverb

to dwell; have a dwelling

Bigadjective

Having largeness of size; of much bulk or magnitude; of great size; large.

Bigadjective

Great with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce; - often figuratively.

‘[Day] big with the fate of Cato and of Rome.’;

Bigadjective

Having greatness, fullness, importance, inflation, distention, etc., whether in a good or a bad sense; as, a big heart; a big voice; big looks; to look big. As applied to looks, it indicates haughtiness or pride.

‘God hath not in heaven a bigger argument.’; ‘I talked big to them at first.’;

Bignoun

Barley, especially the hardy four-rowed kind.

‘"Bear interchanges in local use, now with barley, now with bigg."’;

Bigverb

To build.

Bigadjective

above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent;

‘a large city’; ‘set out for the big city’; ‘a large sum’; ‘a big (or large) barn’; ‘a large family’; ‘big businesses’; ‘a big expenditure’; ‘a large number of newspapers’; ‘a big group of scientists’; ‘large areas of the world’;

Bigadjective

significant;

‘graduation was a big day in his life’;

Bigadjective

of very great significance;

‘deciding to drop the atom bomb was a very big decision’; ‘a momentous event’;

Bigadjective

conspicuous in position or importance;

‘a big figure in the movement’; ‘big man on campus’; ‘he's very large in financial circles’; ‘a prominent citizen’;

Bigadjective

very intense;

‘a bad headache’; ‘in a big rage’; ‘had a big (or bad) shock’; ‘a bad earthquake’; ‘a bad storm’;

Bigadjective

loud and firm;

‘a big voice’; ‘big bold piano sounds’;

Bigadjective

prodigious;

‘big spender’; ‘big eater’; ‘heavy investor’;

Bigadjective

(of animals) fully developed;

‘an adult animal’; ‘a grown woman’;

Bigadjective

marked by intense physical force;

‘a big wind’;

Bigadjective

feeling self-importance;

‘too big for his britches’; ‘had a swelled head’; ‘he was swelled with pride’;

Bigadjective

older brother or sister;

‘big sister’;

Bigadjective

exhibiting self-importance;

‘big talk’;

Bigadjective

generous and understanding and tolerant;

‘a heart big enough to hold no grudges’; ‘that's very big of you to be so forgiving’; ‘a large and generous spirit’; ‘a large heart’; ‘magnanimous toward his enemies’;

Bigadjective

given or giving freely;

‘was a big tipper’; ‘the bounteous goodness of God’; ‘bountiful compliments’; ‘a freehanded host’; ‘a handsome allowance’; ‘Saturday's child is loving and giving’; ‘a liberal backer of the arts’; ‘a munificent gift’; ‘her fond and openhanded grandfather’;

Bigadjective

in an advanced stage of pregnancy;

‘was big with child’; ‘was great with child’;

Bigadverb

extremely well;

‘his performance went over big’;

Bigadverb

in a boastful manner;

‘he talked big all evening’;

Bigadverb

on a grand scale;

‘think big’;

Bigadverb

in a major way;

‘the play failed big at the box office’;

Bigadjective

of considerable size or extent

‘big staff cuts’; ‘big buildings’; ‘her big hazel eyes’;

Bigadjective

larger than other items of the same kind

‘my big toe’;

Bigadjective

grown-up

‘I'm a big girl now’;

Bigadjective

elder

‘my big sister’;

Bigadjective

on an ambitiously large scale

‘a small company with big plans’;

Bigadjective

doing a specified action very often or on a very large scale

‘a big gambler’; ‘a big eater’;

Bigadjective

showing great enthusiasm

‘a big tennis fan’;

Bigadjective

of considerable importance or seriousness

‘it's a big decision’; ‘his biggest problem is money’; ‘he made a big mistake’;

Bigadjective

very popular or successful

‘African bands which are big in Britain’;

Bigadjective

holding an important position or playing an influential role

‘as a senior in college, he was a big man on campus’;

Bigadjective

generous

‘‘I'm inclined to take pity on you.’ ‘That's big of you!’’;

Bigverb

praise or recommend something highly

‘the record's been on the streets a while now, but it's still worth bigging up’;

Bignoun

the major league in a professional sport

‘the day he made it to the bigs, he forgot every minor league ballpark he ever played in’;

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