large

adjective
\ 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

large

adverb

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

large

noun

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

Other Words from large

Adjective

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.” See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Because most rubber roofs in New England are in urban areas, white rubber roofs installed in large enough quantities would in total reflect far more sun and help mitigate the heat sink effect that plagues urban areas in the summer. Mark Philben, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2022 Early Warning is a private company owned by seven large financial institutions — Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, PNC, Truist, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2022 Stack the skewers on a large serving platter and arrange the vegetables on the rest of the platter. Asha Loupy, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2022 Authorities said the fire caused several large explosions. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, 7 Aug. 2022 Those funds support the partnerships between small and large companies that sustain innovation. Standish Fleming, STAT, 7 Aug. 2022 This island, Chichagof, Shee Kaax, had seen the eager and the desperate gold miners on a large and small scale, cannery workers, fox farmers who lasted until the fur market went under, and families who came hoping for better lives. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Aug. 2022 The flower clusters are large, but individual blooms are much smaller than most garden phlox. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, 7 Aug. 2022 Occidental is positioning itself to be the first large corporation to bring the technology to commercial scale. Nicholas Kusnetz, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The rise of the Bananas as a social media phenomenon is contrasting sharply with deeper woes with baseball writ large. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 July 2022 What resulted was a robust and ever-evolving SEL curriculum for schools to integrate into their wellness and advisory programs and ultimately community writ large. Brennan Barnard, Forbes, 22 June 2022 Lanier lived large on a 35-acre estate about 25 miles north of Houston. Sari Horwitz, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 Further, companies will need to compare their performance against those issues with that of their geographic neighbors, competitors and industry writ large. R. Mukund, Forbes, 1 July 2022 With a long history of Russian invasion and occupation, the threat of Russia looms large over the collective Latvian subconscious. Paulina Smolinski, CBS News, 1 July 2022 What does that do for the landscape of podcasting writ large? Kira Bindrim, Quartz, 6 June 2022 When the fruit is ripening, the female trees appear to be in motion because all of the mockingbird, woodpecker, cardinal, doves and other bird activity picking apart the large-seeded black fruit. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2022 Medical researchers and companies are purchasing large, anonymized data sets to find novel markers of disease, train diagnostic algorithms and create risk calculators that evaluate surgical candidates. Sara Harrison, Scientific American, 13 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kat is also the commerce editor-at-large at Thomas-Xometry, the leading U.S. online platform for supplier discovery and product sourcing. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 July 2022 Kat is also the commerce editor-at-large at Thomas-Xometry, the leading U.S. online platform for supplier discovery and product sourcing. Better Homes & Gardens, 19 July 2022 Kat is also the commerce editor-at-large at Thomas-Xometry, the leading U.S. online platform for supplier discovery and product sourcing. Better Homes & Gardens, 7 June 2022 Fortune alum Caroline Fairchild, who most recently was an editor-at-large for LinkedIn, has joined the Web3 collective for women and nonbinary people BFF as editor-in-chief. Fortune, 24 May 2022 Kat is also the commerce editor-at-large at Thomas-Xometry, the leading U.S. online platform for supplier discovery and product sourcing. Better Homes & Gardens, 7 June 2022 But there’s an exception to every rule, and in this case, that exception comes in the form of furniture designer and interior decorator Jonathan Adler and his husband, Simon Doonan, writer and creative ambassador-at-large of Barneys. Emma Specter, Vogue, 19 May 2022 Kat is also the commerce editor-at-large at Thomas-Xometry, the leading U.S. online platform for supplier discovery and product sourcing. Better Homes & Gardens, 7 June 2022 Kat is also the commerce editor-at-large at Thomas-Xometry, the leading U.S. online platform for supplier discovery and product sourcing. Better Homes & Gardens, 7 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of large

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun

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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9 Aug 2022

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“Large.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/large. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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large

adjective
\ 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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