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

Definition of large

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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
2a : 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
3 : extravagant, boastful large talk
4 of a wind : favorable
5 obsolete : lavish
6 obsolete
a : ample, abundant a large crop of apples
b : extensive, broad a large expanse of farmland
7 obsolete
a of language or expression : coarse, vulgar
b : lax in conduct : loose



Definition of large (Entry 2 of 3)

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



Definition of large (Entry 3 of 3)

1 slang : a thousand dollars
2 obsolete : liberality, generosity
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 : as a whole society at large
3 : 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
4 : at length
5 : in a general way
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 large (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 Yet large numbers of those decisions have already been made and are still being made. John Ellis, WSJ, "Sorry, Professor, We’re Cutting You Off," 2 May 2021 The stampede began when large numbers of people thronged a narrow tunnel-like passage during the event, according to witnesses and video footage. Josef Federman, Anchorage Daily News, "Scores dead in crowd crush during religious festival in Israel," 30 Apr. 2021 Despite ending the policy, unaccompanied minors are also still arriving at the border in large numbers, leaving the administration to scramble to house thousands of children. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Biden's 100 days: Where some of the president's early executive orders stand now," 30 Apr. 2021 Videos circulating on social media showed large numbers of ultra-Orthodox Jews packed together in tight spaces. Joseph Krauss,, "Stampede at Israeli religious festival reportedly leaves at least 44 dead, 150 hospitalized," 30 Apr. 2021 With multiple large group dance numbers — including the show's biggest one yet with over 200 performers! Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist choreographer Mandy Moore talks directing her first episode," 30 Apr. 2021 Videos circulating on social media showed large numbers of ultra-Orthodox Jews packed together in tight spaces. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, "Israeli medic: Nearly 40 people killed in stampede," 29 Apr. 2021 Now, Lake Urmia has a stronger pulse: Water levels have risen, and last summer flamingos were spotted in large numbers for the first time in years. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "After revival, Iran’s great salt lake faces new peril," 29 Apr. 2021 While large numbers of older people are effectively immune from infection, the reservoir for this virus in the United States is young, unvaccinated Americans. Jonathan Reiner, CNN, "Joe Rogan's dubious medical advice," 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The bullpen’s struggles loomed large in the three-game sweep. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Bullpen troubles loom large as Cincinnati Reds swept at home by Arizona Diamondbacks," 22 Apr. 2021 A week into the season, an 0-for-4 in the Orioles’ home opener dropped Galvis to a .129 batting average (3-for-26) with a .343 OPS, and the shadow of José Iglesias loomed large over the beginning of his Orioles career. Jon Meoli,, "Hot road trip for Orioles shortstop Freddy Galvis shows how quickly fortunes can turn | ANALYSIS," 22 Apr. 2021 For Isaías Rodezno Guardado, the tension between school and work loomed large., "A year of grit and despair: For one class of immigrant students, the pandemic threatens to upend their educational dreams," 26 Mar. 2021 Administration officials, including Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, conducted meetings last week in Seoul, Tokyo and New Delhi — conversations where the specter of China loomed large. Washington Post, "Where the U.S. and China go from here," 22 Mar. 2021 When the Spurs missed a chance to compete for the playoffs in the Orlando, Fla., bubble in August by one win, the mid-winter loss at Chicago loomed large as a reason why. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "The Triple Take: Spurs 106, Bulls 99," 17 Mar. 2021 The coronavirus swept through the White House and the president's orbit at-large earlier this fall. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis has COVID-19: Report," 8 Dec. 2020 COVID-19 sent IndyCar and the whole sporting world at-large into disarray. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar drivers remember the hours leading up to postponed St. Pete race in March," 25 Oct. 2020 Despite the buildings' apparent diversity, Neoclassicism has, historically, reigned large in American civic life. CNN, "From Brutalist Boston to Modernist Palm Springs, America's most eye-catching city halls," 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Richard Kurin, a Smithsonian Institution distinguished scholar and ambassador-at-large who is involved in the Mosul museum project, said the restoration could help Iraqis overcome the destruction wrought by Islamic State. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Shattered by ISIS, Iraq’s Mosul Museum Is Rising From the Ashes," 30 Apr. 2021 But the next morning, Andy Ngô, a Post Millennial editor-at-large who had more than 800,000 Twitter followers as of Monday, repeated the claim. Daniel Dale, CNN, "Fact check: How a group of right-wingers spread a lie that Black Lives Matter stormed Iowa's Capitol," 13 Apr. 2021 Right now, Utah State is sitting on the bubble for an at-large to the Big Dance in the First Four Out tier, per ESPN’s latest projections. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah State men’s basketball poised to make run for third straight Mountain West tournament championship," 10 Mar. 2021 The new law would provide grants to shore up the pension plans, enough to pay expected benefits for the next 30 years, said John Murphy, vice president at-large of the Teamsters. Los Angeles Times, "Republicans call the COVID-19 relief bill a ‘liberal wish list.’ Democrats are owning that," 9 Mar. 2021 James Martin, the Jesuit priest who is editor-at-large of America, the Jesuit magazine, once wrote that overly pious painters get Aloysius wrong by depicting him as a delicate youth gently grasping a delicate flower. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Why Gonzaga's namesake saint is a perfect fit in 2021 men's basketball season," 8 Mar. 2021 When Trump appointed Brownback as U.S. ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom in 2017, Colyer got a promotion. Dan Mcgowan,, "These former lieutenant governors who became governors have some advice for Dan McKee," 24 Feb. 2021 Molly Jong-Fast, editor-at-large at the Daily Beast, also ridiculed Pompeo's potential political ambitions. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Pompeo tweets countdown to Election Day 2024, prompting chatter about potential run," 21 Jan. 2021 Arana is a writer-at-large for The Washington Post and was appointed literary director of the Library of Congress in 2019. Monitor Readers, The Christian Science Monitor, "The real deal: Nonfiction books our readers loved in 2020," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of large


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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The first known use of large was in the 13th century

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5 May 2021

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“Large.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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