large

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adjective

larger; largest
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
largeness noun
largish adjective

large

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adverb

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

large

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noun

1
slang : a thousand dollars
2
obsolete : liberality, generosity
Phrases
at large
1
a
: 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

Example Sentences

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.” See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
A few years later, a private collector took over the site when Kiefer sought another large industrial space. Jay Cheshes, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Dec. 2022 The Traverse takes on primary competitors Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot as a unibody sport-utility for growing and large families. Chevrolet, Car and Driver, 6 Dec. 2022 Despite the large, touch-screen console looking like something out of the future, George insists the museum is looking for a way to upgrade its capabilities. cleveland, 5 Dec. 2022 Located on Washington Avenue, the food hall is two stories and has indoor-outdoor seating, large porch swings, lawn games and entertainment. Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 5 Dec. 2022 The group has also found that large refiners have posted profits of $67.6 billion in the first nine months of 2022, up from $17.6 billion during the same period last year. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Dec. 2022 Around the same time, researchers at Imperial College London and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore published groundbreaking studies that showed psilocybin could have a large positive effect on people suffering from depression and anxiety. David Meyer, Fortune, 5 Dec. 2022 By and large, Gardner, Diamond, and Racz resist filling their book with nightmarish creatures. Jerome Groopman, The New Yorker, 5 Dec. 2022 On Monday, the South African Weather Services warned of continued heavy rainfalls which may lead to more flooding in large parts of the Gauteng province this week. Mogomotsi Magome, ajc, 5 Dec. 2022
Adverb
The global backlash to the legislation has been fairly muted because that money is, after all, going to help reduce US carbon emissions—a good thing for humanity writ large. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 5 Dec. 2022 Rather than seeing the company as a force for good, a growing consortium of lawmakers, religious leaders and consumer advocates believe TitleMax, and its industry writ large, to be predatory leeches on the growing ranks of working-class Americans. Margaret Coker, ProPublica, 14 Nov. 2022 The lack of accountability is well known to women but needs to take up more space, prompt more action, in society writ large. Amy Bass, CNN, 2 Nov. 2022 The first song from the fifth studio album by English singer-songwriter Kate Bush, its opening weave of vanguard Fairlight synthesizer and booming Linn drum signified a cloud-parting rupture in her career and in music writ large. Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 To threaten to stymie parody is, as The Onion’s brief points out in its 23 pages, to fundamentally imperil Americans’ ability to engage political discourse writ large. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 6 Oct. 2022 Hundreds of protesters were killed in protests in late 2019 spurred by skyrocketing fuel prices and government policy writ large. Matthew Lee, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Oct. 2022 Many advocates are leery of categorical exclusions writ large. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 15 Sep. 2022 Both disks are surrounded by the gold bead motif, writ large. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 6 Sep. 2022
Noun
In June, Parker Malloy, a former editor-at-large for Media Matters for America who has written about the rise of anti-trans attacks, told MSNBC that such rhetoric was dangerous. Will Carless, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2022 Navarro, 58, has been president of Por Siempre for 15 years and also serves as a director-at-large with Friends of Oceanside Día de los Muertos, the nonprofit that organizes the festival each year. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Oct. 2022 Rotary seeks grant applications: Each year, the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River provides grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that serve youth, adults and the community-at-large within Lakewood and Rocky River. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 4 Oct. 2022 Kat has over 10 years of commerce writing experience and is also the commerce editor-at-large at Thomas-Xometry, the leading U.S. online platform for supplier discovery and product sourcing. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 Among King's many career achievements has been hosting a TV show on OWN, leading her own XM radio show and serving as the editor-at-large of O the Oprah Magazine. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2022 Next up, Robin Givhan, senior critic-at-large at The Washington Post, was awarded Editor of the Year. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Sep. 2022 Errin Haines, formerly of the Associated Press and now editor-at-large for the 19th, a nonpartisan nonprofit newsroom focused on policy, gender and politics. NBC News, 26 Aug. 2022 Kat is also the commerce editor-at-large at Thomas-Xometry, the leading U.S. online platform for supplier discovery and product sourcing. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective, Adverb, and Noun

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

First Known Use

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

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

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“Large.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/large. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

large

adjective
ˈlärj
larger; largest
: greater, bigger, more extended, or more powerful than usual
largeness noun

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