\ 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 In the middle of a pandemic, detecting rare or unforeseen side effects is a task best left until after a vaccine is authorized and large numbers of diverse people begin to get it, Maldonado said. oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2021 Because of big increases in home values in D-FW and other Texas markets in the last few years, most homeowners have large amounts of equity in their houses. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 10 Sep. 2021 The state is increasingly relying on large amounts of wind and solar energy that only run when the wind is blowing or the sun is shining. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 10 Sep. 2021 Climeworks’ installations are mostly built by hand for now, not through automation — and also the large amounts of energy needed to power the CO2 capture process. Michael Birnbaum, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2021 But a large portion of Americans also hold some even more romantic—and less realistic—beliefs about love. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 9 Sep. 2021 On the other hand, paid advertisements comprise a large portion of revenue for most blogs, social media and content platforms. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Nearly three years after the high-profile divorce proceedings of New York real estate developer Harry Macklowe and his wife, Linda, a large portion of their eye-popping billion-dollar art collection is coming to market. CNN, 9 Sep. 2021 These cities, largely defined by institutions like universities, receive large amounts of federal research and development funding. Khari Johnson, Wired, 8 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The pandemic loomed large in this year’s municipal races, and criticism was directed by voting rights groups at Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill for not authorizing COVID-19 as an excuse to vote absentee ahead of the election date. al, 5 Sep. 2021 In the year-and-a-half arc of the pandemic, this Labor Day has loomed large., 4 Sep. 2021 Cash noted that in addition to Franco's key hit, his dirt-ball read of a wild pitch led directly to another run that loomed large after a late Boston comeback. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2021 Trump loomed large in the race as Bevin stressed his alliance with the Republican president in TV ads, tweets and speeches. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 11 Aug. 2021 But the ideological necessity of the course at Harvard Law in the early eighties is key to understanding the role that critical race theory has sought to fill within post-civil-rights America writ large. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 27 July 2021 Trump loomed large in the race as Bevin stressed his alliance with the Republican president in TV ads, tweets and speeches. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 11 Aug. 2021 Such charms nestled within the scheming ambitions of the Medici state, which loomed large in Italy with its financial clout and a resourceful diplomacy that involved numerous marriages of convenience. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 Money matters How much money the biggest church in the diocese sent next door to the headquarters of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama loomed large in the discussions. al, 7 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Biden's nominations include Rashad Hussain, who would be the first Muslim American to serve as the U.S. ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom. Alexandra Jaffe, Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 Ward 1 -- Alison Leary and John Oliver are running for reelection as councilors-at-large with challenger Allan L. Ciccone on the ballot., 28 July 2021 Even for the community at-large who are not immunocompromised, the Delta variant is still putting people at considerable risk for infection, as evident in the state of Florida. Travis Caldwell, CNN, 25 July 2021 Roberto José Andrade Franco is an author, freelance journalist and writer-at-large for Texas Highways. Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 One of Zoll's frequent sources was the Rev. James Martin, a Catholic priest who is editor-at-large of the Jesuit publication America. David Crary, Star Tribune, 7 May 2021 Zoning and Planning Committee, who also serves as a councilor-at-large for Newton’s Ward 5., 11 May 2021 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, 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, 13 Apr. 2021

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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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14 Sep 2021

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“Large.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of large

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: great in size or amount : big
: not limited in importance, range, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of large (Entry 3 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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