large

adjective
\ 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

large

adverb

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

large

noun

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

Other Words from large

Adjective

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.” See More
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First Known Use of large

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun

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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26 Sep 2022

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“Large.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/large. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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large

adjective
\ 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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