large

adjective
\ ˈlärj How to pronounce large (audio) \
larger; largest

Definition of large

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : exceeding most other things of like kind especially in quantity or size : big a large number of complaints
b : dealing in great numbers or quantities a large and highly profitable business
2a : having more than usual capacity or scope : comprehensive take the large view will take a larger role in the negotiations
b : powerful, forceful had a large influence on the lives of his family
c : very successful or popular a large rock band
3 : extravagant, boastful large talk
4 of a wind : favorable
5 obsolete : lavish
6 obsolete
a : ample, abundant a large crop of apples
b : extensive, broad a large expanse of farmland
7 obsolete
a of language or expression : coarse, vulgar
b : lax in conduct : loose

large

adverb

Definition of large (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : in a large manner : extravagantly living large
2 : with the wind abaft the beam
3 obsolete : in abundance : amply, liberally

large

noun

Definition of large (Entry 3 of 3)

1 slang : a thousand dollars
2 obsolete : liberality, generosity
at large
1a : free of restraint or confinement the escaped prisoner is still at large
b : without a specific subject or assignment critic at large
2 : as a whole society at large
3 : as the political representative of or to a whole area rather than of one of its subdivisions used in combination with a preceding noun a congressman-at-large
4 : at length
5 : in a general way
in the large
: on a large scale : in general

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Other Words from large

Adjective

largeness noun
largish \ ˈlär-​jish How to pronounce large (audio) \ adjective

Examples of large in a Sentence

Adjective a large glass of water It's the largest city in the state. These T-shirts are available in three sizes: small, medium, and large. Which city has the largest population? Her policies are supported by a large part of the population. A large number of workers have filed complaints. He has a very large appetite. Adverb college students living large on generous allowances from indulgent parents Noun These shirts are all larges. “What size ice-cream cones do you want?” “We'll take three larges and a small.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But limited supply makes booking an appointment difficult, even more so for the workers who don’t have large companies or unions to advocate for them. Anchorage Daily News, "Vaccine delays leave grocery workers feeling expendable," 16 Feb. 2021 Geographically this bracket covers a relatively large area, with Gilmour to the east, Clearview to the west and Coventry to the south. Joe Magill, cleveland, "Which teams can make it to regionals? Area OHSAA girls basketball Division II sectional-district preview," 16 Feb. 2021 Many other large events have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus, including Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans and elsewhere. Curt Anderson, ajc, "Aargh! Tampa delays Gasparilla pirate festival until 2022," 16 Feb. 2021 This thoughtful essay by Jaya Saxena at Eater sparked some welcome soul-searching in the food media at large. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "For the year of the ox, Bay Area's food community is grounding itself," 15 Feb. 2021 The two other suspects wanted in the shooting remain at large, State Police said. Adam Sennott, BostonGlobe.com, "Man wanted for Va. shooting arrested in Haverhill," 11 Feb. 2021 The former senator added that the incident undermined the legitimacy of agencies of the Iranian government at large. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Iranian diplomat convicted in plot to bomb Paris meeting of dissidents," 4 Feb. 2021 Three have since died, leaving Mr. Kony as the only one still at large. Marlise Simons, New York Times, "Former Uganda Militia Leader Is Convicted of War Crimes," 4 Feb. 2021 The world at large is in a race with the virus to vaccinate as many people as possible. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Feds to start sending COVID vaccine to pharmacies next week," 2 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But one figure loomed large over the proceedings, much to Biden’s apparent annoyance — and occasional relief. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Biden blames Trump for vaccine delays — then says he's tired of talking about the former president," 16 Feb. 2021 Trump loomed large over the problem, often spreading misinformation and lies about the deadly coronavirus and the election while his GOP and media allies gave him cover. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Biden addresses nation's information crisis: We must 'defeat the lies'," 20 Jan. 2021 From start to finish, the specter of COVID-19 loomed large over the 2020 college football season and the national championship game was no exception. BostonGlobe.com, "Perfect ending: Alabama blasts Ohio State for national title," 11 Jan. 2021 Unexpectedly, Czech culture has loomed large over my music career. Washington Post, "Marinate Camembert, Czech-style, for your next low-effort snack," 30 Dec. 2020 The recent increase in deaths comes as cases throughout the correction system appear to be rising generally, with some fluctuations up and down like the total number of positive cases throughout the public writ large. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Third Connecticut inmate dies of COVID-19 in past week; 13th prisoner death since the pandemic began," 22 Dec. 2020 Was the goal an improvement in women’s status or social transformation writ large? Deborah Cohen, The Atlantic, "The Real Legacy of the Suffrage Movement," 20 Dec. 2020 As a workaround, orchestral fellowship programs have become a popular way for orchestras to address the lack of racial diversity in their rosters and in classical music writ large. Elizabeth Nonemaker, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s roster of 75 includes just one Black musician. Critics say BSO must do better.," 17 Dec. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic loomed large over the ceremony. al, "Alabama hospital unveils new trauma center amid coronavirus surge," 11 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Molly Jong-Fast, editor-at-large at the Daily Beast, also ridiculed Pompeo's potential political ambitions. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Pompeo tweets countdown to Election Day 2024, prompting chatter about potential run," 21 Jan. 2021 Arana is a writer-at-large for The Washington Post and was appointed literary director of the Library of Congress in 2019. Monitor Readers, The Christian Science Monitor, "The real deal: Nonfiction books our readers loved in 2020," 18 Dec. 2020 Travel industry critic Zach Honig, editor-at-large for The Points Guy, notes that passengers will expect the health precautions airlines have put in place to continue. Eric Adams, Wired, "Airlines’ Pandemic-Driven Cargo Business Will Keep Flying," 18 Dec. 2020 Jonah Goldberg is an editor-at-large of National Review Online and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Jonah Goldberg Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, "Despite politics, despite COVID, this is a wonderful time to be alive," 30 Oct. 2020 Jonah Goldberg is an editor-at-large of National Review Online and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Jonah Goldberg Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, "Despite politics, despite COVID, this is a wonderful time to be alive," 30 Oct. 2020 Beinart, who is also an opinion writer for The New York Times and editor-at-large of Jewish Currents, appeared to vouch for the Michigan Democrat. Fox News, "CNN pundit defends Tlaib's retweet of anti-Israel slogan 'From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free'," 3 Dec. 2020 Jonah Goldberg is an editor-at-large of National Review Online and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Jonah Goldberg Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, "Despite politics, despite COVID, this is a wonderful time to be alive," 30 Oct. 2020 Jonah Goldberg is an editor-at-large of National Review Online and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Jonah Goldberg Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, "Despite politics, despite COVID, this is a wonderful time to be alive," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of large

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for large

Adjective, Adverb, and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, broad, wide, generous, from Latin largus generous, plentiful

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The first known use of large was in the 13th century

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22 Feb 2021

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“Large.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/large. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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large

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of large

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: great in size or amount
: not limited in importance, range, etc.

large

noun

English Language Learners Definition of large (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is sold in a large size : something that is bigger than others of the same kind

large

adjective
\ ˈlärj How to pronounce large (audio) \
larger; largest

Kids Definition of large

: more than most others of a similar kind in amount or size : big a large room a large city
at large
1 : not captured or locked up The bank robbers are still at large.
2 : as a group or a whole the public at large
3 : representing a whole state or district a delegate-at-large

Other Words from large

largeness noun

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