large

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

Definition of large

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 obsolete : lavish

2 obsolete

a : ample, abundant a large crop of apples
b : extensive, broad a large expanse of farmland
3a : 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
4a : 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

5 obsolete

a of language or expression : coarse, vulgar
b : lax in conduct : loose
6 of a wind : favorable
7 : extravagant, boastful large talk

large

adverb

Definition of large (Entry 2 of 3)

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

large

noun

Definition of large (Entry 3 of 3)

1 obsolete : liberality, generosity
2 slang : a thousand dollars
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 : at length
3 : in a general way
4 : as a whole society at large
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
: on a large scale : in general

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Other Words from large

Adjective

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

To this day, no one has gone to prison for the massacre, which was the largest in modern Latin American history. The Economist, "El Salvador stops honouring the leader of the El Mozote massacre," 8 June 2019 In the Northside Independent School District, the largest in Bexar County, 81 percent of students passed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness English I exam the first time, an increase of 5 percentage points compared to last year. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "In San Antonio and state, passing rates increased for English I STAAR exam," 7 June 2019 France's margin of victory was the largest in a Women's World Cup opener since China beat Norway by the same score at the first tournament in 1991. Anne M. Peterson, chicagotribune.com, "France opens World Cup with a 4-0 win over South Korea," 7 June 2019 This story has been updated to relect the 1968 earthquake was one of the largest ever in the region. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Western Kentucky feels aftermath of minor earthquake Thursday night," 7 June 2019 Pure Barre is the largest, most established barre franchise with more than 500 studios across North America. Candice Terrell/share, Cincinnati.com, "Pure Barre’s record-setting ‘Barre on the Bridge’ is back," 7 June 2019 The largest is just over 7 miles northeast of Sterling, near Swan Lake. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "Unusually high number of lightning-caused fires on Kenai Peninsula not a danger to residents so far," 7 June 2019 The Plaza Hotel is one of 75 hotels still on the Housing Commission’s list of SROs, and is one of the largest in the city. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lawsuit argues Plaza Hotel owners must replace lost rooms," 6 June 2019 The Patriots’ ring for Super Bowl LIII, designed by Josten’s for New England’s sixth NFL championship, is the largest in the history of the game. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al.com, "Alabama Roots: 4 players receive biggest Super Bowl rings," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

But Trump looms large in Davis’ eighth and newest opera, in which that pivotal role is sung by the tenor Thomas Segen, the first-prize winner in UCLA’s 2016 Walter Jurmann Voice Competition. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Donald Trump, opera star? Maybe so, in Anthony Davis’ ‘Central Park Five’," 9 June 2019 With tall columns and sculptures of lions, the Light of the World church in East L.A. looms large over what neighbors have described as a relatively quiet area. Ruben Vives, latimes.com, "La Luz del Mundo church leader held on $50-million bail in rape, child porn case," 5 June 2019 The injury looms large over the rest of the season and will guide the front office actions before the Feb. 8 trade deadline. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Pistons midseason grades: Surprising role players helping team survive," 12 Jan. 2018 The loss of Frankie Luvu at Rush linebacker looms large and presumed starter Chima Onyeukwu hasn’t participated in recent practices. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Projecting the 2018 Washington State football depth chart," 19 Aug. 2018 In the context of the show that looms large over it: Sierra Burgess offers us the refreshing option, in this era of Insatiable, of seeing a girl who’s larger than a size two be considered worthy of love. Constance Grady, Vox, "Peter Kavinsky and Barb from Stranger Things can’t salvage Sierra Burgess Is a Loser," 7 Sep. 2018 Opposition supporters said the army's crushing victories in other rebel strongholds had loomed large over this offensive, breaking morale and encouraging towns and villages to surrender one by one as the bombing intensified. Louisa Loveluck, chicagotribune.com, "Syrian army raises flag above city considered birthplace of uprising against Assad," 12 July 2018 Dom Sovietov -- the House of Soviets -- has a brooding presence that looms large over the FIFA fan zone in this Russian outpost near the Baltic coast. Washington Post, "Unused Soviet-era office block looms over World Cup fans," 28 June 2018 That’s where the practical significance of the finding looms large: if video games explain only a tiny portion of aggressive behavior, other factors should probably be getting a lot more airtime. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "What do we actually know about the risks of screen time and digital media?," 17 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Instead, the magazine gave me a contract as writer-at-large. Michael Gonzales, Longreads, "It’s Like That: The Makings of a Hip-Hop Writer," 10 June 2019 Tourism is booming in Tokyo, in part because the city specifically and the nation writ-large caters to foreigners’ sometimes inaccurate or culturally insensitive perceptions of Japan. Alex Ward, Vox, "What I learned go-karting around Tokyo dressed as Spider-Man," 12 Dec. 2018 Animal-at-large, Osborn Road: On April 12 a resident reported the while walking her 10-month-old Labradoodle, a large Saint Bernard and a smaller white fluffy dog left a yard and accosted the woman. Julie A. Short/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Two dogs accost resident, dog: Bay Village Police Blotter," 20 Apr. 2018 Erik Schatzker, Editor-at-large for Bloomberg, on Goldman announcing David Solomon will be the sole president of the company, and Lloyd Blankfein saying reports of his exit are premature. Bloomberg.com, "GS Picked Solomon To Tap Modern Market, Young Blood: Schatzker," 12 Mar. 2018 Which may be why Hevesh’s disappointment caught the attention of both creators and the community-at-large. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube faces backlash on Twitter over lifted, uncredited holiday video," 26 Dec. 2018 Most weeks,New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Rot on the Right, Green Shoots on the Left," 28 June 2018 But Dolly's career has by-and-large been the most commercially successful. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "Stella Parton: I'm more than just Dolly's kid sister," 4 Apr. 2018 Two large chipped and painted clay-type mortars and heavily worn porous wooden pestles found on food prep table. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Restaurant inspections: 3 Phoenix-area eateries on this week's list," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of large

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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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