1. adjective big; huge; large
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Scale
    Notes: Middle Chinese: daH; the opposite of 小 'small'. For example, 大规模 'large scale.' Note that adjectives of size, like 大, must precede adjectives relating to shape. For example, 大黑马 'large black horse' (ABC 'dà' sv 1; CED '大' 1; GHC '大' 1; Guoyu '大' adj 1; Kroll 2015 '大' 1; NCCED '大' 1; Sun 2006, loc. 1766).
  2. noun Kangxi radical 37
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Radicals
    Notes: (ABC back cover; GHC p. 7; Guoyu '大' n 4)
  3. adjective great; major; important
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语
    Notes: (Guoyu '大' adj 4)
  4. noun size
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Scale
    Notes: For example, what is the size of the dog? 狗多大?(CED '大'; NCCED '大' 2)
  5. adjective old
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Time
    Notes: In the sense of 年长 (ABC 'dà' sv 3; CED '大' 6; GHC '大' 4; Guoyu '大' adj 2; NCCED '大' 2). For example, as a very old age 年龄很大.
  6. adverb greatly; very
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Scale
    Notes: For example, greatly terrified 大怖 (ABC 'dà' v 1; CED '大' 7; GHC '大' 6; Guoyu '大' adv 1; NCCED '大' 4)
  7. adjective oldest; earliest
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语
    Notes: In this use, 大 is a 指大 'augmentative' prefix (Crystal 2008, 'augmentative'; Sun 2006, loc. 695). For example, big sister 大姐 (CED '大' 10; GHC '大' 5; Guoyu '大' adj 5; NCCED '大' 5)
  8. noun adult
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语
    Notes: As in 大人 (Guoyu '大' n 2; NCCED '大' 6)
  9. tài adverb greatest; grand
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: Same as 太 (GHC '大' 7; Guoyu '大' tài; Kroll 2015 '大')
  10. dài noun an important person
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: As in 大夫 'doctor' (ABC 'dài'; CED '大'; Guoyu '大' dài; NCCED '大')
  11. adjective senior
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语
    Notes: (Guoyu '大' adj 3)
  12. adverb approximately
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语
    Notes: As in 大概 (Guoyu '大' adv 4)
  13. tài adverb greatest; grand
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: Same as 太 (GHC '大' 7; Kroll 2015 '大')

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