large

adjective
\ˈlärj \
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 \ 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

That’s the finding of a Department of Education audit of practices at Navient Corp., the nation’s third-largest student loan servicing company. Ken Sweet, The Seattle Times, "AP Exclusive: Gov’t questions unfair student loan practices," 21 Nov. 2018 All of Lee’s larger-than-life figures were obsessed with self-branding. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The larger-than-life huckster dialogue of Stan Lee," 13 Nov. 2018 In addition to drawing the most inbound travelers, China will also have the world's largest number of outbound travelers, cementing the Middle Kingdom's place as a travel powerhouse. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "China Will Be the World's Most Popular Tourist Destination by 2030," 7 Nov. 2018 The very merry company Grandin Road—the same purveyor of the mammoth baubles—is also behind this larger-than-life decoration. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This Giant Ornament Punch Bowl Is Serving Up Major Christmas Cheer," 27 Oct. 2018 The Queen Mary's bandeau tiara features both large and small brilliant diamonds, and the center stone of the piece is actually a brooch with a fascinating backstory. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Revealed How She Chose Her Royal Wedding Tiara," 26 Oct. 2018 From the best shopping in the southwest, to Pritzker prize-winning architecture, to the largest urban arts district in the country, Dallas has it all. Condé Naste Traveler: Post, "Discover Dallas Sweepstakes," 26 Oct. 2018 Heat remaining 2 tsp oil in a large skillet on medium-high. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Mediterranean Zucchini Boats with Kefir-Mint Topping," 25 Oct. 2018 All kinds of companies—from major brands (like CB2 and Amazon) to independent Etsy vendors—began selling their versions of the larger-than-life throw. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Won't Believe How Easy It Is To Make A Giant-Knit Blanket," 24 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 Aside from the six characters in Lindsay-Abaire's play, a seventh looms large, the slum-like neighborhood of South Boston — the infamous Southie — where most of them grew up. Tom Titus, latimes.com, "On Theater: ‘Good People’ is rich in heart and humor at Chance Theater," 1 May 2018 Opposition supporters said Thursday that the army’s crushing victories in other rebel strongholds had loomed large over this offensive, breaking morale and encouraging towns and villages to surrender as the bombing intensified. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, "Syrian army raises flag above city considered as birthplace of uprising against Assad," 12 July 2018 The slinking, sinister black panther looms large across early American lore, stealing souls and stalking settlers. Elisa Neckar, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Big Cats," 8 May 2018 There are 29 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, but a 30th country has loomed large over the first day of the alliance’s summit: Russia. Tessa Berenson / Brussels, Time, "Russia Casts Shadow Over President Trump's NATO Meetings," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Sometimes shrimp will be labeled as colossal, jumbo, extra-large, large, medium or small. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "National Shrimp Day: How to buy, store and cook the seafood favorite," 9 May 2018 Also back are Jason Williams (at-large) and Jared Brossett, who represents the Treme and the Seventh Ward. Kevin Litten, NOLA.com, "New Mayor LaToya Cantrell takes office: New Orleans 'A city open to all'," 7 May 2018 Finally, Cory Johnson, an editor-at-large at Bloomberg and co-host of Bloomberg Markets, talks about Blue Apron’s IPO and outlook. Bloomberg.com, "How The Shrinking Immigrant Pool Is Creating a Labor Shortage," 20 June 2017 Bras and panties come in basic colors of black, white, and fire-engine red, range from $25 to $55, and are offered in extra-small to extra-large. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This Russian Lingerie Label Is Creating Cozy, Comfortable, and Sexy Underwear for All," 12 July 2018 Juhasz, whose address is listed as at-large in Davie, has felony convictions dating back to 2002 for burglary, robbery, sudden snatching and cocaine possession, court records show. Tonya Alanez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Police arrest pair accused of Publix purse-snatching," 28 June 2018 All City Council members are elected at-large in Alexandria, which means the first-time candidates need to build name recognition from the Potomac River to the far western reaches of Holmes Run. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "Take a cheat sheet: 12 Democrats vie for six seats on Alexandria council," 4 June 2018 For Laurel voters, local races include Prince George’s County Council and for the Democratic Central Committee District 21 and District 23 members and members at-large. Jess Nocera, Laurel Leader, "Early voting for the primary begins," 13 June 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

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

Adverb

see large entry 1

Noun

see large entry 1

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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 \
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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