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

The largest is Facebook , at 1.6% of the total market value of the S&P 500. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "How to Talk Back to Those Spam Investment Pitches in Your Inbox," 9 Nov. 2018 As recently as 2013, another measles outbreak involving 58 cases became the largest in the city since 1992, nearly a decade before measles was eliminated, and cost the city $400,000 to contain. Julia Belluz, Vox, "New York’s Orthodox Jewish community is battling measles outbreaks. Vaccine deniers are to blame.," 9 Nov. 2018 The smaller Portal sells for $199, and the larger Portal Plus goes for $349. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Facebook’s Portal video chat devices launch today," 8 Nov. 2018 That huge presence showed itself during the city’s debate earlier this year over a head tax, which would levy a per-employee tax on large companies to fund efforts to battle homelessness. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 winner appears to be both New York and Crystal City, Virginia," 6 Nov. 2018 The floating dry dock, the PD-50—one of the largest in the world—apparently sank as the result of a power outage following a power surge at the shipyard, possibly related to damage to power lines caused by ice. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russia’s only aircraft carrier damaged as its floating dry dock sinks," 30 Oct. 2018 In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt, mustard, vinegar, honey, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Waldorf Salad," 25 Oct. 2018 Kedley said the case soon became one of the largest of its kind in Iowa history, and FBI agents assisted in identifying, contacting and interviewing victims. Fox News, "Victims of Iowa coach can still come forward, agent says," 23 Oct. 2018 One of Silicon Valley’s most secretive companies, data-mining giant Palantir Technologies, is considering an initial public offering that some banks have valued at as much as $41 billion — one of the largest in recent years. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Uber is building tools to Uber-ize all kinds of work," 19 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 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

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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