Expressions using Themes (e.g. Collocations, IELTS, Business English)

Exam Vocabulary and Synonyms for Big

On this page, you will find lists of words to help you expand your vocabulary related to the word ‘big’. There are nouns, adjectives, and adverbs, so you will learn how to put stronger sentences together with more sophisticated language. Practicing forming sentences in this way is particularly good if you are preparing for exams, such as IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, SAT, LSAT, Civil Services, and Banking.

Example Sentence Showing Synonyms and Different Word Forms:

My brother did me a huge (adjective) favour when he took care of my children. It was an immensely (adverb) difficult time for me, but I got through it. The massive (adjective) shock passed after a few days, but it was monumental (adjective) relief to find out that things weren’t as bad as I had first thought.

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HOW TO USE OUR SYNONYM TABLES:

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

In this column, you will find words that you will come across in everyday English, and which are even suitable for exams like IELTS or TOEFL.

In this column, you will find words that are likely to be asked in more Advanced Exams, such as GRE, MBA, SAT/LSAT, Civil Service, Banks, etc.

*An asterisk means that this word is less popular in everyday English than the other words in the list.

 

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Nouns for indicating that something is big

(e.g. a monster; a behemoth; a titan)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

monster

*hercules

*titan

*behemoth

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Adjectives for describing how big something (or someone) is

(e.g. a colossal mistake; across the boundless ocean; a tremendous victory)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

huge

gargantuan

massive

prodigious

enormous

capacious

large

commodious

great

voluminous

major

herculean

vast

tremendous

immense

significant

substantial

grand

bulky

weighty

hefty

heavy

extensive

mighty

monumental

jumbo

spacious

ample (can also mean ‘enough’)

whopping

giant

generous

gigantic

colossal

formidable

sizeable

considerable

humongous

*titanic

*mammoth

*monstrous

*boundless

*mountainous

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Adverbs for describing the size or scale of an action or status

(e.g. immensely wealthy; significantly unimpressed; vastly underestimated)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

hugely

massively

prodigiously

enormously

capaciously

largely

commodiously

greatly

voluminously

vastly

tremendously

immensely

gigantically

significantly

substantially

heavily

extensively

monumentally

spaciously

amply

generously

formidably

sizeably

considerably

*majorly

*mightily

*whoppingly

*colossally

*monstrously

*boundlessly

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