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

Mexico is also the United States' third-largest trading partner for goods, with the U.S. buying about 80 percent of Mexico's exports, including automobiles, fruit, vegetables and beer. Susannah George, chicagotribune.com, "Mexico officials urge Mike Pompeo to reunite immigrant families quickly," 13 July 2018 The day-long summit meeting was the largest-ever gathering of HBCU presidents discussing LGBTQ inclusive practices and policies, Human Rights Campaign officials said. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Historically black colleges commit to more support for LGBTQ students," 13 July 2018 Drilling and organic farms Paonia sits in a fertile shadow of the Rockies atop the nation’s second-largest shale gas reserve. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "A Trump Oil Boom Could Transform This Rocky Mountain Landscape," 13 July 2018 The largest and most influential institutions within the firefighting world — representing management, labor and government — are squarely on the side of promoting safety. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Fire departments fight a culture that saves — and costs — lives," 13 July 2018 In his first year leading North Carolina’s second-largest district, some teachers in Charlotte and across the state have come to see Wilcox as their advocate. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "CMS leader has won fans among teachers. But these moves may test their loyalty.," 13 July 2018 This includes larger-than-life paintings of police officers brandishing water guns, encircling victims with lassos, and wielding power in nightmarish ways. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 In December 2016 Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, decreed that the 100-bolívar note, then the largest in circulation, would cease to be legal tender within three days. The Economist, "Venezuelan cash is almost worthless, but also scarce," 12 July 2018 Kittrie pointed to the example of Apple, which has its second-largest research-and-development office located in Israel, and also produces some parts of its iPhone in Israel. Sean Savage, Jewish Journal, "Ireland goes ahead with legislation to boycott products made in Israeli settlements," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 Oil prices reached the highest level in more than three years Wednesday, as threats to global supply loomed large even as major oil exporters increased production. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Crude Prices Soar on Supply, Stockpile News," 27 June 2018 While the graduation of several pivotal players on defense looms large, that unit might return enough talent to fill the gaps. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Review & preview: Frostburg State men’s lacrosse," 19 June 2018 The 1,300-mile road trip looms large in the cosmology of Ruscha and, by extension, of modern American art. Mark Rozzo, Vanities, "Ed Ruscha Still Has Plenty More to Say About America," 30 May 2018 The separation of North and South looms large as a metaphor for countless smaller but equally irreconcilable divisions across an entire spectrum of Korean society. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Director Lee Chang-dong and actor Steven Yeun on the profound mysteries of 'Burning'," 27 May 2018 Although jurors will be instructed to focus only on the allegations and evidence presented in the courtroom, the shadow of the #MeToo movement has loomed large over the run-up to the retrial. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "Bill Cosby's retrial: Everything you need to know," 6 Apr. 2018 More rate hikes are looming large in May and June as insurers face even more potential losses under a Republican administration. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Leading Obamacare insurer says things are 'materially worse' under Trump administration," 1 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The victim was struck by gunfire and the two suspects fled the scene on Sampson Lane and are still at-large, a spokesman for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said. Bob Strickley, Cincinnati.com, "Police: 84-year-old man shot by men who broke into Silverton home returns fire," 10 June 2018 The diverse tales, presented together, show how immigrants have built and strengthened the culture of New York and the country at-large. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Coming to America," 31 May 2018 Eminem nestles within the culture-at-large in an interesting position. A.d. Amorosi, Philly.com, "Review: Eminem's blistering headlining set at the Firefly Music Festival," 17 June 2018 Doonan, the writer and Barneys creative-ambassador-at-large, recounts with characteristic humor and irreverence how this came to pass. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Glorious, Bizarre History of Soccer and Fashion," 18 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for large

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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