\ 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 For example, FaceTime can now conduct large group calls in little boxes. Mark Vena, Forbes, 9 June 2021 Path lights can line a walkway, while uplights shining onto large plants and trees can change the atmosphere at night. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, 9 June 2021 Tucked back in the corner by the snacks and candies, 99 Ranch has a large selection of housemade grab-and-go steam buns that'll make a nice dim sum spread. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 9 June 2021 The original deal, in 2017, negotiated by former Gov. Scott Walker, was for Foxconn to build a Generation 10.5 facility that would manufacture large LCD screens. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2021 There's a large shift that's underway in terms of what Michiganders are willing to do for for a paycheck. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, 8 June 2021 The authors caution that the nonprofits in the study tend to be more financially secure than those that do not receive grants from large foundations. Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 Her fictional heroines always seem to be traveling, making their homes loom large by their absence, like something repressed. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 8 June 2021 Event planner Jung Lee stocks this neutral-toned large tray with silver handles at her namesake home goods shop, Jung Lee New York, which caters to all sorts of couple gifts. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 8 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The shadow of one of the most prominent former New Yorkers loomed large over the Republican mayoral primary last week. New York Times, 7 June 2021 Around the year 2000, Lillie was working on a book about prewar Viennese art collections, and Neumann loomed large., 3 June 2021 In Costa Rica, a country of 5 million people that recently imposed nationwide driving restrictions to lessen the strain on hospitals overloaded with covid-19 patients, the question loomed large. Washington Post, 1 June 2021 One such example, which has loomed large over the field of comparative cognitive studies since the early 20th century, was the case of a horse named Clever Hans. New York Times, 27 May 2021 In at least one case, when rioters nearly stole a police firearm, the threat of gun violence loomed large. Cassidy Mcdonald, CBS News, 27 May 2021 While Blankenship was largely dependable on short-to-mid-range kicks during the season, his 33-yard miss late in the third quarter against Buffalo in the playoffs loomed large in a game the Colts lost 27-24. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 26 May 2021 The question of how to prioritize and best reach some of the District’s poorest and hardest-hit residents loomed large over the event, which at times seemed to present more questions than solutions. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 Such a repeal is unlikely, however, given Democrats’ majorities in Congress - and their broad support for expanding federal safety net programs writ large. Author: Tony Romm, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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, 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, 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, 8 Mar. 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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10 Jun 2021

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“Large.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 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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