\ 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 nouna 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

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 What is new, experts said, is the large number of students filing for loan forgiveness claiming their schools misled them. Linda Jacobson, Detroit Free Press, "Betsy DeVos and her department have been sued 455 times," 28 Oct. 2020 Election nights always have surprises, but the worry this year is being driven by the large number of people voting early or by mail, in part driven by the coronavirus. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "Media election planners prepare for a night of mystery," 28 Oct. 2020 Election experts have reiterated this year that results may take longer to be made official, especially because of the large number of voters casting their ballots by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic. Catherine Herridge, CBS News, ""We remain on high alert": Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf talks election security," 28 Oct. 2020 Still a large number given experts belief that in the 15th century a maximum of 410 people lived in the citadel on the limits of the Andes mountains and the Amazon. Franklin Briceno, USA TODAY, "Peru’s Machu Picchu to reopen with new safety protocols after 7-month coronavirus closure," 28 Oct. 2020 Health officials have said the high positivity rate indicates a large number of infected people are not being tested. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah coronavirus cases up 1,145 on Tuesday, as more schools shift online," 27 Oct. 2020 This should mean third parties, including Zoom itself, can’t easily get their hands on a large number of encryption keys. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "How to turn on Zoom’s new end-to-end encryption—and why you may not want to," 26 Oct. 2020 The company has given 17 academic researchers access to data on the Facebook activity of a large number of users who’ve consented to be involved. Greg Miller, Science | AAAS, "As U.S. election nears, researchers are following the trail of fake news," 26 Oct. 2020 One sign of enthusiasm is the large number of new or infrequent voters who have already voted — 25% of the total cast, according to an AP analysis of data from the political data firm L2. Arkansas Online, "Early vote total exceeds 2016; GOP chips at Dems' advantage," 26 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Yet this attitude compellingly characterizes American military adventuring writ large. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Perpetual Battlefield," 9 Oct. 2020 Blackmon's interception loomed large when the Bears eventually cut the lead to eight points. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts 'excited' about Julian Blackmon after breakout game vs. Bears," 5 Oct. 2020 The young special education teacher told me that the buildings loomed large in teacher discussions in another way, too. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "The Students Left Behind by Remote Learning," 28 Sep. 2020 Marie Patino, writing for Bloomberg: So far, there is little support for the dramatic claims that people are fleeing cities writ large. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Forward Guidance & the Fate of Cities," 17 Sep. 2020 Attendance data from last spring, while limited, suggests that the problem loomed large in many districts after school buildings closed in mid-March. Abby Goodnough, New York Times, "As Schools Go Remote, Finding ‘Lost’ Students Gets Harder," 22 Sep. 2020 The possibility of technological foul-ups and other potential disasters loomed large. oregonlive, "2020 Emmy Awards: Despite a few flubs, the virtual ceremony managed to blend emotion, politics and technology (review)," 20 Sep. 2020 Ginsburg loomed large in several landmark cases arising out of Texas. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, "‘Earth shattering.’ Texans react to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death," 19 Sep. 2020 Repvblik founder Richard Rubin says there’s room for many other developers to start repurposing large, abandoned commercial spaces into affordable housing units. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Reforestation project smashes goal, and more," 18 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "In American politics today, the center is a lonely place to be," 9 Sep. 2020 Errin Haines, editor-at-large for The 19th* who has covered the vice presidential contest, concurred. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Democratic women leaders call out sexist news coverage of female vice presidential candidates," 9 Aug. 2020 Beinart, editor-at-large of Jewish Currents and a longtime two-state advocate, changed his mind. Roger Cohen New York Times, Star Tribune, "Admit it: Two states for Israel and Palestine remain the least impossible solution," 9 Aug. 2020 The suspect in the shooting of a California deputy remained at-large on Thursday, and his family said the 26-year-old man has a long history of mental illness. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "California police identify suspect in Paso Robles shooting as transient man with a history of mental illness," 12 June 2020 The suspect, who is 32 to 35 years old, remains at-large. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Shooting in Akron wounds teen male, police say," 29 May 2020 In an interview with the Washington Post published this week, Kristol, an editor-at-large of The Bulwark, said the coronavirus pandemic has eroded his hope that institutional constraints can stop Trump from implementing his policy agenda. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Bill Kristol: Trump a political 'infection'," 16 May 2020 Salazar called for similar mass testing within the rest of society, warning San Antonio the the jail offered a snapshot of what the community at-large would soon see. Mark Dunphy,, "'Going to skyrocket': Why sheriff predicted spike in COVID-19 cases at the Bexar County Jail," 4 May 2020 Kara Swisher will become editor-at-large of New York magazine. Fortune, "Ginni Rometty on coronavirus unemployment: ‘Everyone’s not going to land back in the same spot’," 14 Apr. 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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Last Updated

31 Oct 2020

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“Large.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce large (audio)

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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