\ 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 largish (audio) \ adjective

Examples of large in a Sentence


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.


college students living large on generous allowances from indulgent parents


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

Control over Venezuela’s oil reserves, the largest in the world, could prove critical. Washington Post, "The Standoff in Venezuela, Explained," 18 Sep. 2019 The state’s other Pioneer Homes also rank among the 20 largest in Alaska. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Pioneer Home residents and families struggle with ‘heartbreaking’ decisions after rate increase," 18 Sep. 2019 According to multiple outlets, the store — the largest in the world — will open on Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. CST on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, taking up a whopping 43,000 square feet among four stories. Jen Juneau,, "Take a Look at the Massive New Starbucks Reserve Roastery Coming to Chicago," 17 Sep. 2019 This excursion will be, by far, the largest in history. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Marooned: Researchers Will Freeze Their Ship into Arctic Ocean Ice for a Year," 17 Sep. 2019 Social Security will automatically do a comparison and give you the larger of either your own benefits or spousal benefits. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Social Security myths you should never believe," 16 Sep. 2019 The 7,000-acre project, one of the largest in east Harris County, will rival Cinco Ranch on the westside near Katy and is expected to have between 14,000 and 20,000 lots at buildout. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Groundbreaking at 14,000 lot River Ranch signals start of master-planned community," 16 Sep. 2019 Khurais, which is farther southwest, is the kingdom’s second-largest oil field. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "In Saudi Arabia, World Oil Supplies Are in Flames," 16 Sep. 2019 GM’s gap is the largest at $13 per hour, followed by Ford at $11 and Fiat Chrysler at $5, according to figures from the Center for Automotive Research. Tom Krisher, The Denver Post, "49,000 workers at General Motors plants to go on strike," 15 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

That mountain, though, looms large in her mind in this quiet, unrushed and moving tale of age and will. Mark Kennedy,, "‘Edie’ review: An 83-year-old woman tackles a mountain in this breath of fresh air from Scotland," 12 Sep. 2019 Two miles from the center of town, the memorial looms large, punctuated by an imposing stone arch at its center. Max Cohen And Elizabeth Lawrence, USA TODAY, "Bedford, a small Virginia town hit hard by D-Day, marks 75th anniversary in a big way," 6 June 2019 Climate change looms large over California’s $40 billion wine industry, and vineyard owners are becoming increasingly vocal about the need to intervene. Esther Mobley,, "Nearly all Sonoma County vineyards are certified sustainable," 12 Sep. 2019 Los Angeles Times As grape picking season ramps up in Sonoma County, a potential oversupply looms large. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: A woman’s name and the long shadow of the Stanford rape case," 5 Sep. 2019 Speaking of shadows, Neymar's silhouette is looming large over Camp Nou, as Barcelona pursue a move for the miserable Brazilian star., "Atlético Madrid: 6 Reasons for Los Rojiblancos Fans to Be Optimistic This Season," 19 Aug. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now The runaway success of Nanette looms large over Douglas. Trish Bendix, Time, "Hannah Gadsby’s New Show Douglas Takes a Hammer to the Patriarchy—Again," 25 July 2019 There will be eight units with three bedrooms, with each bedroom large enough for four people. Caroline Glenn,, "Lake County tree farm builds $1.8 million apartment complex for migrant workers," 7 Aug. 2019 There is also a crying need to evaluate violence-prevention policies and programs based on data about individuals who participate in large randomized controlled trials—the scientific gold standard for determining causes and effects. The Editors, Scientific American, "The U.S. Congress Has Started to Revive Gun Violence Research—and Must Follow Through," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Peter Sokolowski, an editor-at-large at Merriam-Webster, tells TIME. Suyin Haynes, Time, "'Social Forces Change Language.' Merriam-Webster Adds Gender-Neutral Pronouns to Dictionary," 17 Sep. 2019 Council members elected via district or at-large would serve 2-year terms. Sharon Coolidge,, "Should some Cincinnati council seats be elected by district? These citizens think so.," 8 Sep. 2019 Council's nine members have been elected at-large since 1935. Sharon Coolidge,, "Should some Cincinnati council seats be elected by district? These citizens think so.," 8 Sep. 2019 The panel will be Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney; MSNBC contributor Maria Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino; and Matt Welch, editor-at-large of Reason Magazine and podcast host. Hal Boedeker,, "5 to watch: ’60 Minutes,’ ‘Sunday Night Football,’ ‘Country Music’ concert, Serena, Maher," 6 Sep. 2019 Since Donald Trump has taken office, Ivanka Trump has taken an increasing interest in all things political — and, according to HuffPo editor-at-large Vicky Ward’s book Kushner, Inc., wants to be president one day. Sarah Midkiff,, "Ivanka Trump's Awkward Presence At The G-20 Summit Didn't Go Over Well," 30 June 2019 Some faculty say the resolution didn't reflect the sentiments of all full-time faculty in the college district because it was cast by faculty senate representatives and not by the faculty at-large. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick to step down when contract ends," 3 Sep. 2019 Since 1911, Lincolnwood has had a village president, also known as the mayor, and six trustees, who are elected at-large. Jennifer Fisher,, "Mayor, trustees to consider who holds power to appoint department heads," 13 Aug. 2019 Those running for council-at-large are: Connor Berdy, who brought the term-limit lawsuit; Gary Boike; Patrick Green; Kelli Kalvinski, Angela Rogensues and Diane Young. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Mayor, clerk, council seats up for grabs in Warren primary election," 4 Aug. 2019

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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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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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