\ 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



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



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


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

It’s the largest the organization has received to date, according to Vaughn. Greg Burnett,, "Motogo hopes to bring the basics of shop class back to academia," 7 July 2019 Friday’s quake was the largest in Southern California since 1999. Rong-gong Lin Ii,, "Southern California on high earthquake alert, bringing anxiety and preparation," 7 July 2019 The fireworks display that followed the event was, at the President’s request, the largest in Washington’s history. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "Cutouts of J.F.K., Jr., Tanks, and Adulation at Trump’s “Salute to America”," 6 July 2019 The tremor was 11 times the strength and five times bigger than Thursday’s quake, making it the largest in the area in 20 years, according to the US Geological Survey. Matt Mcnulty,, "Kylie Jenner & More Celebs React to Southern California's Biggest Earthquake in Nearly 20 Years," 6 July 2019 The quake, which originated 11 miles outside of Ridge crest, is the largest in 20 years in Southern California and occurred just one day after Thursday's 6.4 earthquake in the same area. Nate Nickolai,, "Nicki Minaj, Henry Winkler and more rattled after second Los Angeles earthquake," 6 July 2019 The earthquake comes just one day after a 6.4 earthquake rattled Southern California, a temblor that was then the largest in nearly 20 years. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Watch: Dodgers-Padres Game in Los Angeles Continues During Earthquake," 6 July 2019 Around the Great Lakes, one of the largest of the mayfly species, the Hexagenia genus, generally emerge as winged adults in late June to early July. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Weather radar captures billions of mayflies hatching on Lake Erie," 5 July 2019 The seaweed bloom, called the great Atlantic Sargassum belt, is the largest ever of its kind, according to a new study. Zoe Sottile And Ella Hurworth, CNN, "Record-breaking seaweed bloom stretches from West Africa to Mexico," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

And the negative space that mother and daughter occupy in each other’s lives looms large. Adrienne Green, The Atlantic, "The Costs of Going After Love," 7 June 2019 The game of inches wasn't in his favor, with an inexplicable error and glove scraper looming large over his outing. Gabriel Burns, Houston Chronicle, "Defensive miscues spoil Dallas Keuchel's Braves debut," 21 June 2019 Still, former Kentucky superstar Anthony Davis, a six-year veteran under contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, looms large over the offseason. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Morning Coffee: 6 NBA teams that should try to trade for Anthony Davis right now," 29 Jan. 2019 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,, "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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 2011, Gayle King was happily hosting a TV show on OWN and an XM radio show, and was the editor-at-large of O the Oprah Magazine, when Chris Licht, CBS’ former vice president of programming, came calling. Mary Green,, "Gayle King Talks About Her Break of a Lifetime: Joining CBS This Morning," 19 June 2019 But following his film's disappointing opening, Dark Phoenix writer-director Simon Kinberg is opening up in an interview with Kim Masters, host of KCRW's The Business and editor-at-large of The Hollywood Reporter. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Dark Phoenix' Filmmaker Simon Kinberg on Its Box Office Failure: "That's on Me"," 14 June 2019 Aram Mrjoian is an editor-at-large at the Chicago Review of Books, the assistant editor at the Southeast Review, and the managing editor at TriQuarterly. Aram Mrjoian, Longreads, "Bearing the Weight of My Grandfathers’ Old Clothes," 15 June 2019 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,, "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., "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

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First Known Use of large


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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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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