1. adjective big / great / huge / large / major
    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; 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)
  3. dài proper noun Dai
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Names , Concept: Surname 姓氏
  4. noun an element
    Domain: Buddhism 佛教
    Notes: (Kroll 2015 '大' 3)
  5. 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)
  6. 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; NCCED '大' 2). For example, as a very old age 年龄很大.
  7. adverb greatly
    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; NCCED '大' 4)
  8. adjective oldest
    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; NCCED '大' 5)
  9. noun adult
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Society
    Notes: As in 大人 (NCCED '大' 6)
  10. tài adverb greatest / grand
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: Same as 太 (GHC '大' 7; Kroll 2015 '大')
  11. dài noun an important person
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: As in 大夫 'doctor' (ABC 'dài'; CED '大'; NCCED '大')
  12. foreign da
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Foreign Language
    Notes: Used to transliterate foreign names
  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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