at writ2WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: big, large, greatbig and large have the same meaning, but largeis slightly more formal and more likely to be used in written than spoken English• a big lunch • a large houselargeis used with quantity words such as 'number' and 'amount'• large amounts of money • a large proportion of the studentsgreatis not usually used to talk about size but it can be used in literary writing to describe very large and impressive things• Before them stood a great palace.great is used with length, height, and age, and in the expression a great deal(=a lot)• The grass had reached a great height. • a great deal of moneyWORD CHOICE: big, tall, highbig is not used just to describe a person's height. It is used to describe a child who is growing, or a person who is heavy, with a lot of fat or muscle on their body.tallis used to describe a person's height. It can also be used to describe trees, buildings, or other things that are narrow and measure a long distance from bottom to top• She is tall and thin. • the tallest building in Londonhighis used to describe things or places that are a long way from the ground• a high shelf • the highest mountain in the world ➔ See alsobig
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.