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large

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adjective \ˈlärj\

Definition of large

larger

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largest

  1. 1 obsolete :  lavish

  2. 2 obsolete a :  ample, abundant a large crop of applesb :  extensive, broad a large expanse of farmland

  3. 3a :  having more than usual capacity or scope :  comprehensive take the large view will take a larger role in the negotiationsb :  powerful, forceful had a large influence on the lives of his familyc :  very successful or popular a large rock band

  4. 4a :  exceeding most other things of like kind especially in quantity or size :  big a large number of complaintsb :  dealing in great numbers or quantities a large and highly profitable business

  5. 5 obsolete a of language or expression :  coarse, vulgarb :  lax in conduct :  loose

  6. 6 of a wind :  favorable

  7. 7 :  extravagant, boastful large talk

largeness

noun

largish

play \ˈlär-jish\ adjective

Examples of large in a sentence

  1. a large glass of water

  2. It's the largest city in the state.

  3. These T-shirts are available in three sizes: small, medium, and large.

  4. Which city has the largest population?

  5. Her policies are supported by a large part of the population.

  6. A large number of workers have filed complaints.

  7. He has a very large appetite.

Origin and Etymology of large

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


First Known Use: 13th century


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large

adverb

Definition of large

  1. 1 obsolete :  in abundance :  amply, liberally

  2. 2 :  with the wind abaft the beam

  3. 3 :  in a large manner :  extravagantly living large

Examples of large in a sentence

  1. college students living large on generous allowances from indulgent parents

Origin and Etymology of large

see 1large


First Known Use: 14th century


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large

noun

Definition of large

  1. 1 obsolete :  liberality, generosity

  2. 2 slang :  a thousand dollars

at large

  1. 1a :  free of restraint or confinement the escaped prisoner is still at largeb :  without a specific subject or assignment critic at large

  2. 2 :  at length

  3. 3 :  in a general way

  4. 4 :  as a whole society at large

  5. 5 :  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

in the large

  1. :  on a large scale :  in general

Examples of large in a sentence

  1. These shirts are all larges.

  2. What size ice-cream cones do you want? We'll take three larges and a small.

Origin and Etymology of large

see 1large


First Known Use: 15th century



LARGE Defined for English Language Learners

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large

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adjective \ˈlärj\

Definition of large for English Language Learners

  • : great in size or amount

  • : not limited in importance, range, etc.


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large

noun

Definition of large for English Language Learners

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


LARGE Defined for Kids

large

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adjective \ˈlärj\

Definition of large for Students

larger

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largest

  1. :  more than most others of a similar kind in amount or size :  big a large room a large city

largeness

noun

at large

  1. 1 :  not captured or locked up The bank robbers are still at large.

  2. 2 :  as a group or a whole the public at large

  3. 3 :  representing a whole state or district a delegate-at-large



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