\ ˈlärj How to pronounce large (audio) \
larger; largest

Definition of large

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 obsolete : lavish

2 obsolete

a : ample, abundant a large crop of apples
b : extensive, broad a large expanse of farmland
3a : 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
4a : 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

5 obsolete

a of language or expression : coarse, vulgar
b : lax in conduct : loose
6 of a wind : favorable
7 : extravagant, boastful large talk



Definition of large (Entry 2 of 3)

1 obsolete : in abundance : amply, liberally
2 : with the wind abaft the beam
3 : in a large manner : extravagantly living large



Definition of large (Entry 3 of 3)

1 obsolete : liberality, generosity
2 slang : a thousand dollars
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 : at length
3 : in a general way
4 : as a whole society at large
5 : 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
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

His large-scale attack triggered massive law enforcement response and crippled parts of several major metropolitan areas. ... Washington Post, "Man who sent pipe bombs to Clinton, CNN faces sentencing," 4 Aug. 2019 One community within Macomb County — Warren, the state's third largest city — will be closely watched in Tuesday's primary. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Mayor, clerk, council seats up for grabs in Warren primary election," 4 Aug. 2019 The stadium still holds the record for the largest-ever attendance at a U.S. women’s sporting event (90,185), during that historic 1999 Women’s World Cup final when Brandi Chastain’s penalty kick won it all against China. Maggie Mertens, The Atlantic, "What the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Needs More Than Equal Pay," 3 Aug. 2019 And heads certainly turned as Jerry Rowe stomped around the Indiana Convention Center in his larger-than-life terminator costume. Emily Sabens, Indianapolis Star, "Santa Claus, Chewbacca, creepy clowns and more: 21 of the best costumes we saw at Gen Con," 3 Aug. 2019 But, as Abe reminds Tucker, manufacturing cars isn’t just a matter of ideas but also a matter of difficult, large-scale, and expensive practicalities. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: “Tucker: The Man and His Dream,” a Slyly Personal Francis Ford Coppola Film," 2 Aug. 2019 In July 2013, the museum installed a traveling exhibition of large-scale Chinese zodiac creatures designed and cast in bronze by dissident artist Ai Weiwei. Steven Litt,, "CMA MIX brings sound of Lagos to atrium tonight as kickoff for immersive ‘village center’ installation," 2 Aug. 2019 China's biggest push is in agriculture but researchers there are also applying the editor on a large scale in animals, with pig organs for human transplants the most provocative goal. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "With its CRISPR revolution, China becomes a world leader in genome editing," 2 Aug. 2019 Clemente and three artists from Oaxaca, Mexico executed these large-scale images. John Zotos, Dallas News, "Dallas exhibition of art star Francesco Clemente was years in the making — and worth the wait," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 To this day Fellini’s romantic version of Italy looms large in our cultural memory, and Selena Gomez is the latest person to conjure up the filmmaker’s world. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Selena Gomez Is Living the Sweet Life in Italy," 29 July 2019 The 1967 tragedy of the Apollo 1 mission loomed large over those who worked on anything for the later Apollo missions, Miller said. Kyra Haas, azcentral, "Scottsdale Motorola workers made devices that transmitted famous words and images from the moon," 17 July 2019 And the negative space that mother and daughter occupy in each other’s lives looms large. Adrienne Green, The Atlantic, "The Costs of Going After Love," 7 June 2019 The game of inches wasn't in his favor, with an inexplicable error and glove scraper looming large over his outing. Gabriel Burns, Houston Chronicle, "Defensive miscues spoil Dallas Keuchel's Braves debut," 21 June 2019 Still, former Kentucky superstar Anthony Davis, a six-year veteran under contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, looms large over the offseason. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Morning Coffee: 6 NBA teams that should try to trade for Anthony Davis right now," 29 Jan. 2019 But Trump looms large in Davis’ eighth and newest opera, in which that pivotal role is sung by the tenor Thomas Segen, the first-prize winner in UCLA’s 2016 Walter Jurmann Voice Competition. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Donald Trump, opera star? Maybe so, in Anthony Davis’ ‘Central Park Five’," 9 June 2019 With tall columns and sculptures of lions, the Light of the World church in East L.A. looms large over what neighbors have described as a relatively quiet area. Ruben Vives,, "La Luz del Mundo church leader held on $50-million bail in rape, child porn case," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Five members are elected by district and two are at-large, serving four-year terms and no more than three consecutive terms. Mary Grace Keller,, "Charter government pros and cons examined as Carroll County commissioners prepare to hear options," 24 July 2019 In 2011, Gayle King was happily hosting a TV show on OWN and an XM radio show, and was the editor-at-large of O the Oprah Magazine, when Chris Licht, CBS’ former vice president of programming, came calling. Mary Green,, "Gayle King Talks About Her Break of a Lifetime: Joining CBS This Morning," 19 June 2019 But following his film's disappointing opening, Dark Phoenix writer-director Simon Kinberg is opening up in an interview with Kim Masters, host of KCRW's The Business and editor-at-large of The Hollywood Reporter. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Dark Phoenix' Filmmaker Simon Kinberg on Its Box Office Failure: "That's on Me"," 14 June 2019 Aram Mrjoian is an editor-at-large at the Chicago Review of Books, the assistant editor at the Southeast Review, and the managing editor at TriQuarterly. Aram Mrjoian, Longreads, "Bearing the Weight of My Grandfathers’ Old Clothes," 15 June 2019 Instead, the magazine gave me a contract as writer-at-large. Michael Gonzales, Longreads, "It’s Like That: The Makings of a Hip-Hop Writer," 10 June 2019 Tourism is booming in Tokyo, in part because the city specifically and the nation writ-large caters to foreigners’ sometimes inaccurate or culturally insensitive perceptions of Japan. Alex Ward, Vox, "What I learned go-karting around Tokyo dressed as Spider-Man," 12 Dec. 2018 Animal-at-large, Osborn Road: On April 12 a resident reported the while walking her 10-month-old Labradoodle, a large Saint Bernard and a smaller white fluffy dog left a yard and accosted the woman. Julie A. Short/special To,, "Two dogs accost resident, dog: Bay Village Police Blotter," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of large


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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