large

adjective
\ˈlärj \
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

large

adverb

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

large

noun

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

Adjective

largeness noun
largish \ˈlär-jish \ 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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That would mean not speaking to the different bits of their mosaic coalition as if each had separate interests that are opposed to those of the population at large. The Economist, "What’s left?To win back power, Democrats must do things that make them uncomfortable," 14 July 2018 Humans first reported observing the clouds in 1885, two years after Indonesia’s Krakatoa volcano spewed large amounts of water vapor in the air, the study said. Katie Camero, BostonGlobe.com, "Once-rare cloud is now more common, and new study says climate change is to blame," 13 July 2018 Related Stories FoodTop 100 Restaurants 2018: The Bay Area's best Michael Bauer is The San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic and editor at large. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Stem Kitchen and Garden in Mission Bay: Go before it’s ‘discovered’," 12 July 2018 In fact, much of Britain’s division over Brexit — which has split the governing Conservative party and the public at large — stems from the June 2016 referendum on withdrawing from the EU not including language about would come next. Washington Post, "Trump says May’s Brexit plan would kill UK-US trade deal," 12 July 2018 Bird in particular seems to be taking advantage of its understanding of social media and internet culture at large to set itself apart and prove that e-scooters have a place in society that extends beyond basic utility. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "How Scooters Became A Go-To Instagram Prop — & The Next Transportation Revolution," 12 July 2018 That’s the largest amount raised in a single quarter locally since the first quarter of 2001. Mike Freeman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Venture capital surges for San Diego County startups in second quarter," 12 July 2018 Seven years into the war, Mr. Assad has consolidated his control over the country’s center and its main population centers, although large amounts of territory remain out of his control. New York Times, "Netanyahu Says Putin Agreed to Restrain Iran in Syria," 12 July 2018 Police have also identified Robert Allen as a person of interest in the case and believe a second gunman suspect is still at large. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Second Arrest Made in Connection With Murder of XXXTentacion," 11 July 2018

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Opposition supporters said Thursday that the army’s crushing victories in other rebel strongholds had loomed large over this offensive, breaking morale and encouraging towns and villages to surrender as the bombing intensified. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, "Syrian army raises flag above city considered as birthplace of uprising against Assad," 12 July 2018 The slinking, sinister black panther looms large across early American lore, stealing souls and stalking settlers. Elisa Neckar, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Big Cats," 8 May 2018 There are 29 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, but a 30th country has loomed large over the first day of the alliance’s summit: Russia. Tessa Berenson / Brussels, Time, "Russia Casts Shadow Over President Trump's NATO Meetings," 11 July 2018 Oil prices reached the highest level in more than three years Wednesday, as threats to global supply loomed large even as major oil exporters increased production. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Crude Prices Soar on Supply, Stockpile News," 27 June 2018 While the graduation of several pivotal players on defense looms large, that unit might return enough talent to fill the gaps. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Review & preview: Frostburg State men’s lacrosse," 19 June 2018 The 1,300-mile road trip looms large in the cosmology of Ruscha and, by extension, of modern American art. Mark Rozzo, Vanities, "Ed Ruscha Still Has Plenty More to Say About America," 30 May 2018 The separation of North and South looms large as a metaphor for countless smaller but equally irreconcilable divisions across an entire spectrum of Korean society. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Director Lee Chang-dong and actor Steven Yeun on the profound mysteries of 'Burning'," 27 May 2018 Although jurors will be instructed to focus only on the allegations and evidence presented in the courtroom, the shadow of the #MeToo movement has loomed large over the run-up to the retrial. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "Bill Cosby's retrial: Everything you need to know," 6 Apr. 2018

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Finally, Cory Johnson, an editor-at-large at Bloomberg and co-host of Bloomberg Markets, talks about Blue Apron’s IPO and outlook. Bloomberg.com, "How The Shrinking Immigrant Pool Is Creating a Labor Shortage," 20 June 2017 Bras and panties come in basic colors of black, white, and fire-engine red, range from $25 to $55, and are offered in extra-small to extra-large. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This Russian Lingerie Label Is Creating Cozy, Comfortable, and Sexy Underwear for All," 12 July 2018 Juhasz, whose address is listed as at-large in Davie, has felony convictions dating back to 2002 for burglary, robbery, sudden snatching and cocaine possession, court records show. Tonya Alanez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Police arrest pair accused of Publix purse-snatching," 28 June 2018 All City Council members are elected at-large in Alexandria, which means the first-time candidates need to build name recognition from the Potomac River to the far western reaches of Holmes Run. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "Take a cheat sheet: 12 Democrats vie for six seats on Alexandria council," 4 June 2018 For Laurel voters, local races include Prince George’s County Council and for the Democratic Central Committee District 21 and District 23 members and members at-large. Jess Nocera, Laurel Leader, "Early voting for the primary begins," 13 June 2018 The victim was struck by gunfire and the two suspects fled the scene on Sampson Lane and are still at-large, a spokesman for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said. Bob Strickley, Cincinnati.com, "Police: 84-year-old man shot by men who broke into Silverton home returns fire," 10 June 2018 The diverse tales, presented together, show how immigrants have built and strengthened the culture of New York and the country at-large. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Coming to America," 31 May 2018 Eminem nestles within the culture-at-large in an interesting position. A.d. Amorosi, Philly.com, "Review: Eminem's blistering headlining set at the Firefly Music Festival," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of large

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for large

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French, broad, wide, generous, from Latin largus generous, plentiful

Adverb

see large entry 1

Noun

see large entry 1

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large

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of large

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: great in size or amount

: not limited in importance, range, etc.

large

noun

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

large

adjective
\ˈlärj \
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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