\ 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



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



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


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

Examples of large in a Sentence


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.


college students living large on generous allowances from indulgent parents


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

In Utah, half of the money allocated by the Legislature will be spent for programs aimed at tallying groups that are historically undercounted, including a relatively large population of children under 5. Washington Post, "Utah joins nearly 2 dozen US states spending on 2020 Census," 17 Sep. 2019 UMass also has the largest student population in the state., "Harvard student’s suicide prompts concern about mental health care on college campuses," 17 Sep. 2019 On Tuesday, Reuters reported that the world's second-largest oil producer would resume normal production within two to three weeks. Taylor Telford, Anchorage Daily News, "Oil prices plunge on report Saudi production will be restored sooner than expected," 17 Sep. 2019 What's more, while Saudi Arabia remains the second-largest oil producer, the U.S. is taking less of it. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Why the U.S. is less dependent than ever on Saudi oil," 16 Sep. 2019 With more than two decades of fashion slayage under her belt, June Ambrose has built the kind of larger-than-life career that’s the stuff of legend. Marielle Bobo, Essence, "Masterclass: June Ambrose," 16 Sep. 2019 The Year’s Second-Biggest Week for an Album in Total Units: Hollywood’s Bleeding’s total unit start logs the second-largest frame of 2019, trailing only the debut week of Taylor Swift’s Lover (867,000 on the chart dated Sept. 7). Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Post Malone Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Hollywood's Bleeding'," 15 Sep. 2019 Spiders spinning larger-than-usual webs and entering the house in great numbers. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Look to nature for signs of a harsh winter: Farmers’ Almanac shares 1978 lore," 14 Sep. 2019 The Twin Cities area is home to the largest population of Hmong in the U.S., as well as other cultural and ethnic minorities. oregonlive, "When care matches culture, immigrants and people of color benefit," 13 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

That mountain, though, looms large in her mind in this quiet, unrushed and moving tale of age and will. Mark Kennedy,, "‘Edie’ review: An 83-year-old woman tackles a mountain in this breath of fresh air from Scotland," 12 Sep. 2019 Two miles from the center of town, the memorial looms large, punctuated by an imposing stone arch at its center. Max Cohen And Elizabeth Lawrence, USA TODAY, "Bedford, a small Virginia town hit hard by D-Day, marks 75th anniversary in a big way," 6 June 2019 Climate change looms large over California’s $40 billion wine industry, and vineyard owners are becoming increasingly vocal about the need to intervene. Esther Mobley,, "Nearly all Sonoma County vineyards are certified sustainable," 12 Sep. 2019 Los Angeles Times As grape picking season ramps up in Sonoma County, a potential oversupply looms large. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: A woman’s name and the long shadow of the Stanford rape case," 5 Sep. 2019 Speaking of shadows, Neymar's silhouette is looming large over Camp Nou, as Barcelona pursue a move for the miserable Brazilian star., "Atlético Madrid: 6 Reasons for Los Rojiblancos Fans to Be Optimistic This Season," 19 Aug. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now The runaway success of Nanette looms large over Douglas. Trish Bendix, Time, "Hannah Gadsby’s New Show Douglas Takes a Hammer to the Patriarchy—Again," 25 July 2019 There will be eight units with three bedrooms, with each bedroom large enough for four people. Caroline Glenn,, "Lake County tree farm builds $1.8 million apartment complex for migrant workers," 7 Aug. 2019 There is also a crying need to evaluate violence-prevention policies and programs based on data about individuals who participate in large randomized controlled trials—the scientific gold standard for determining causes and effects. The Editors, Scientific American, "The U.S. Congress Has Started to Revive Gun Violence Research—and Must Follow Through," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Voters in Brook Park decided on a Democratic candidate for council member-at-large. Mary Kilpatrick,, "Cuyahoga County September 2019 primary election: The results are in," 11 Sep. 2019 Peter Sokolowski, an editor-at-large at Merriam-Webster, tells TIME. Suyin Haynes, Time, "'Social Forces Change Language.' Merriam-Webster Adds Gender-Neutral Pronouns to Dictionary," 17 Sep. 2019 Council members elected via district or at-large would serve 2-year terms. Sharon Coolidge,, "Should some Cincinnati council seats be elected by district? These citizens think so.," 8 Sep. 2019 Council's nine members have been elected at-large since 1935. Sharon Coolidge,, "Should some Cincinnati council seats be elected by district? These citizens think so.," 8 Sep. 2019 The panel will be Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney; MSNBC contributor Maria Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino; and Matt Welch, editor-at-large of Reason Magazine and podcast host. Hal Boedeker,, "5 to watch: ’60 Minutes,’ ‘Sunday Night Football,’ ‘Country Music’ concert, Serena, Maher," 6 Sep. 2019 Since Donald Trump has taken office, Ivanka Trump has taken an increasing interest in all things political — and, according to HuffPo editor-at-large Vicky Ward’s book Kushner, Inc., wants to be president one day. Sarah Midkiff,, "Ivanka Trump's Awkward Presence At The G-20 Summit Didn't Go Over Well," 30 June 2019 Some faculty say the resolution didn't reflect the sentiments of all full-time faculty in the college district because it was cast by faculty senate representatives and not by the faculty at-large. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick to step down when contract ends," 3 Sep. 2019 Since 1911, Lincolnwood has had a village president, also known as the mayor, and six trustees, who are elected at-large. Jennifer Fisher,, "Mayor, trustees to consider who holds power to appoint department heads," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of large


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


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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English Language Learners Definition of large

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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


\ 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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