\ 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 But thanks in large part to Keefe, the anonymity of the principals behind OxyContin not only is shattered, the fog that has shrouded the entire sad episode also has been stripped away., "Taking on the Sacklers in ‘Empire of Pain’," 8 Apr. 2021 The debate on voting reform after the 2020 election is hitting a fevered pitch, thanks in large part to fraud claims pushed by former President Donald Trump and his allies, which have been dismissed by election officials and rejected by the courts. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Republicans draw up 'road map' to 'make it easier to vote and harder to cheat'," 8 Apr. 2021 Initially, there was anger and distrust on all sides, but the agreement has prevailed, in large part, because every FOP president and police chief since 2001 has supported the continuation of the collaborative, which still lives today. Keith Fangman, The Enquirer, "Opinion: Cincinnati improved police-community relations. Other cities can learn from us.," 8 Apr. 2021 That’s in large part thanks to decades of attacks on organized labor. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "How an Oat Milk Pipeline in New Jersey Explains the Problem With Biden’s Climate Plan," 7 Apr. 2021 In large part, that’s because many of the nation’s elite and key institutions – like security services and courts – remain loyal to him. Shelley Inglis, The Conversation, "For autocrats like Vladimir Putin, ruthless repression is often a winning way to stay in power," 7 Apr. 2021 Thanks in large part to the global pandemic, collaboration platforms like Discord and Slack have taken up intimate positions in our lives, helping maintain personal ties despite physical isolation. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Hackers Are Exploiting Discord and Slack Links to Serve Up Malware," 7 Apr. 2021 As writer-director Aaron Sorkin sees it, the film’s success has depended in large part on matching the right actor to each role. Hugh Hart, Los Angeles Times, "With more than 8 key roles, you’d think casting ‘Chicago 7' would be tough. It wasn’t," 6 Apr. 2021 Australia and New Zealand owe their success in suppressing the coronavirus in large part to having some of the strictest border controls in the world. Washington Post, "Covid-19 live updates U.S. appoints new global coronavirus coordinator as Biden steps up efforts to combat pandemic," 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Then writers like me weigh in, and comedians, and contrarians, and the quantity of coverage causes normal people to roll their eyes and dismiss the media writ large. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Why the news media can't stop talking about Biden's dogs," 1 Apr. 2021 This decision—justified by the uncertain nature of the early days of Covid-19 and the need for ever-shifting measures—is consistent with the shape of New York housing policy writ large. Megan Evershed, The New Republic, "How an Upper West Side Hotel Came to Embody the City’s Failure on Homelessness," 31 Mar. 2021 When Aaron Luce quit the Foreign Service in 2019, President Donald J. Trump loomed large in his mind. New York Times, "Under Biden, Diplomacy Is an Attractive Career Again," 27 Mar. 2021 That double play loomed large, as in the top of the seventh inning, Palm Beach Gardens third baseman and Oklahoma State signee Aiden Meola hit a home run to left field to tie the game. Adam Lichtenstein,, "Palm Beach Central walks off nationally ranked Palm Beach Gardens," 26 Mar. 2021 With teacher pay looming large over the Statehouse again this year, IndyStar looked at the collective bargaining agreements made between teachers and Indiana’s 288 school districts from the 2019-20 school year. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana teacher pay: Find the average salary in every school district," 2 Mar. 2021 Utah’s lack of affordable homes for sale and for rent has loomed large on Capitol Hill this year. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah lawmakers advance housing helps, but will they run out of time?," 2 Mar. 2021 The spectre of Identity Crisis looms large on Heroes In Crisis, the 2018 series from writer Tom King and artists Clay Mann, Mitch Gerads, and Travis Moore. Oliver Sava, Vulture, "WandaVision’s Real Big Bad Was Marriage All Along," 26 Feb. 2021 Avoid the large-fruiting types like Big Boy and Beefsteak. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Bugs to blame for dead squash: too many bad or too few good," 12 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Travel industry critic Zach Honig, editor-at-large for The Points Guy, notes that passengers will expect the health precautions airlines have put in place to continue. Eric Adams, Wired, "Airlines’ Pandemic-Driven Cargo Business Will Keep Flying," 18 Dec. 2020 Jonah Goldberg is an editor-at-large of National Review Online and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Jonah Goldberg Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, "Despite politics, despite COVID, this is a wonderful time to be alive," 30 Oct. 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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11 Apr 2021

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“Large.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 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

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largeness noun

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