Taxonomy of meanings for 大:

  • duò (OC: daads MC: dɑ) 唐佐切 去 廣韻:【又唐蓋切 】
  • dà (OC: daads MC: dɑi) 徒蓋切 去 廣韻:【小大也説文曰天大地大人亦大故大象人形又漢複姓五氏晉獻公娶大狐氏楚襄王時有黃邑大夫大心子成史記秦將軍大羅洪周禮大羅氏掌鳥獸者其後氏焉又大庭氏古天子 之号其後氏焉又有大叔氏又虜複姓後魏末有南州刺史大野拔又虜三字姓周書蔡祐賜姓大利稽氏周末有尉回將軍大莫于玄章後魏書南方大洛稽氏後改爲稽氏徒蓋切八 】
    • BIG
      • vadNfigurativebig, strong, intense (e.g. of rain)
      • nabfeaturebeing big; big size (of a state etc.); large range
      • nccsubjectthe big one; a big power; what is big; specifically: a big state
      • vadNlarge, big
      • vadNnon-restrictivelarge
      • viactmanage to become big
      • vichangebecome larger, become big
      • vigradedbe large, big 甚大
      • vpostadNlarge
      • vt+prep+Ngradedbe greater than 大於
      • vtoNcausativemake larger; make large; allow to be large
      • vtoNcausativebe made large or important
      • vtoNgradedbe larger than N
      • vtoNputativeregard as significant/big
      • v[adN]N=statebig one of the contextually determinate kind (often a state)
      • vifigurativebe substantial, be significant; be big
      • v[adN]what is big
      • vadNnon-restrictivethe known-to-be-big N; the N which, as is well known, is big
      • abstractly>SIZE
        • vi-Vbig (i.e. small) (like X)大如毛髮
        • generalised>INTENSELY
          • vt+prep+Nabgradedbe greater that doing so and so, be more serious than doing so and so
          • v-E2R.adVgreatly
          • vadV.adNgreatly, on a large scale (modifying a verb, the phrase again modifying a noun)
          • vadVin a big way; very much, mightily, highly, greatly; on a large scale
          • vtoNgradedmore than N
          • vadVderivedstrictly
          • sound-wise>LOUD
            • vadNloud
            • vadVwith a loud voice, loudly
          • speak of as being more intensely the case than really>EXAGGERATE
            • vtoNexaggerate 自大其事
          • significance-wise>IMPORTANT
            • nsubjectimportant things; the important one, the more important one;
            • vadNgradedimportant, substantial; the most important 甚大
            • vifigurativebe important, be relatively important; be an important personality
            • vt+prep+Ngradedbe more important (than something)
            • vtoNputativeconsider as important; declare important; admire as very important
            • vtoNputativeconsider (oneself) as important
            • v[adN]N=humimportant person
            • very important>GREAT
              • v[adNab]countedwhat is great, the significant one
              • nabfeaturethe feature of greatness; one's greatness; one's great power
              • vadNfigurativelarge-scale, great; overall (not partial or small-minded); fundamental; of a higher order
              • vadVfigurativeOBI: on a large scale; to a large audience
              • vibe great, be powerful; be substantial; be significant;
              • vi2gradedbe great, be large-minded; have a large perspective on things
              • vt(+prep+N)stativebe greater than the contextually determinate N
              • vt+prep+Ngradedbe greater than 甚大於 "be very much greater than"
              • viinchoativebecome great
              • vigradedbe (the) greater 彌大
            • rank-wise>SENIOR
              • vibe senior
          • politely: your>YOU
            • vadN[.post-npro2]your distinguished 大國
      • big in one dimension>BROAD
        • vibe large in extent
    • big in size>LARGE
      • v[adNab]countedwhat is great, the significant one
      • nabfeaturethe feature of greatness; one's greatness; one's great power
      • vadNfigurativelarge-scale, great; overall (not partial or small-minded); fundamental; of a higher order
      • vadVfigurativeOBI: on a large scale; to a large audience
      • vibe great, be powerful; be substantial; be significant;
      • vi2gradedbe great, be large-minded; have a large perspective on things
      • vt(+prep+N)stativebe greater than the contextually determinate N
      • vt+prep+Ngradedbe greater than 甚大於 "be very much greater than"
      • viinchoativebecome great
      • vigradedbe (the) greater 彌大
      • big in number>MANY
        • vad.VtoNwith respect to a large number of N > on a large scale, involving a large amount of object stuff
      • big in respect of the constitutive small parts>COARSE
        • vadNcoarse (e.g. cloth)