\ 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 nouna 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 largish (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 Many of the new cases have come from community spread and from large gatherings such as graduation celebrations, fraternity parties, birthdays and the like, health officials said. oregonlive, "Gov. Kate Brown holds press conference to discuss the state of coronavirus in Oregon: Watch live," 13 July 2020 Before the coronavirus ended large gatherings, Zachary’s also had live music and events. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Business roundups: Popular Kingwood eatery Zachary’s Cajun Cafe closes its doors amid coronavirus," 13 July 2020 For everyone’s continued health and safety entire nations shut down borders, destinations shuttered their doors, and large gatherings were eliminated from our lives. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "COVID-19 Derail Your Wedding? Rosé All Day Wants to Hear Your Story for the Chance to Win a Dream Honeymoon," 13 July 2020 Face coverings, social distancing, and refraining from large public gatherings have been recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help control the spread of the coronavirus. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Surgeon general: Coronavirus uptick can be reversed in two to three weeks 'if people will do the right thing'," 12 July 2020 San Francisco's city attorney sent a cease-and-desist order in late June to the Roman Catholic archdiocese, alleging that some of its churches had violated a local ban on large indoor gatherings. David Crary, Anchorage Daily News, "Churches amid the pandemic: Some outbreaks, many challenges," 12 July 2020 The county is also seeing more reports of cases associated with large social gatherings, including house parties. Dallas News, "Dallas County reports 1,174 coronavirus cases, 2 more deaths," 12 July 2020 Others will hold small in-person get-togethers with close friends, or virtual get-togethers that can safely congregate large gatherings. Briar Napier, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Rising FC fans get involved without attending matches in sign drop-off event," 11 July 2020 Republicans — mostly without face masks and sitting close to each other — provided a contrast to Democrats, who turned their state convention into an entirely virtual event last month because health officials have advised against large gatherings. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Republicans decry Evers, 'anarchy' at their convention, where most eschewed face masks," 11 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Over the last five weeks, following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, activists have taken collective action against racist policing and white supremacy writ large. Erin Corbett,, "Fourth Of July Doesn’t Stand For Freedom Until There Is Justice For Black Americans," 2 July 2020 Though only an honorary professor, with periods of profound study alternating with periods of depression, Weber loomed large in German academic life. George Blaustein, The New Republic, "Searching for Consolation in Max Weber’s Work Ethic," 2 July 2020 Hinchliffe points out that open-access publishing is already more consolidated than the industry writ large. Gregory Barber, Wired, "Universities Step Up the Fight for Open-Access Research," 16 June 2020 Producers, agents, and executives are treating finding, pitching, and crafting these projects like a book club writ large. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "How Hollywood is using a book club approach to adapt hit novels," 1 July 2020 For anyone who lives in, or visits, Scandinavia, trolls are everywhere and nowhere, hidden in the woods and writ large in the region’s literature and tourism. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, "This Copenhagen artist turns trash into trolls," 15 June 2020 Southern Living editor-at-large, Jenna Bush Hager, has a way with words. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Jenna Bush Hager Shares Sweet Family Photo and Message in Honor of Grandma Barbara Bush's Birthday," 9 June 2020 But once the coronavirus hit, no one was traveling, the white-collar workforce was sheltering in place, and the ick factor of sharing space with strangers loomed large. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "The Pandemic Is Transforming the Rental Economy," 8 June 2020 Empty nesters sold large suburban houses to move to smaller dwellings, in or near cities, to enjoy amenities such as restaurants, museums and theater. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Get me out of here! Americans flee crowded cities amid COVID-19, consider permanent moves," 1 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The suspect in the shooting of a California deputy remained at-large on Thursday, and his family said the 26-year-old man has a long history of mental illness. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "California police identify suspect in Paso Robles shooting as transient man with a history of mental illness," 12 June 2020 The suspect, who is 32 to 35 years old, remains at-large. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Shooting in Akron wounds teen male, police say," 29 May 2020 In an interview with the Washington Post published this week, Kristol, an editor-at-large of The Bulwark, said the coronavirus pandemic has eroded his hope that institutional constraints can stop Trump from implementing his policy agenda. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Bill Kristol: Trump a political 'infection'," 16 May 2020 Salazar called for similar mass testing within the rest of society, warning San Antonio the the jail offered a snapshot of what the community at-large would soon see. Mark Dunphy,, "'Going to skyrocket': Why sheriff predicted spike in COVID-19 cases at the Bexar County Jail," 4 May 2020 Kara Swisher will become editor-at-large of New York magazine. Fortune, "Ginni Rometty on coronavirus unemployment: ‘Everyone’s not going to land back in the same spot’," 14 Apr. 2020 At that time, three commissioners guided city affairs and were elected by voters at-large. al, "Mobile City Council, in vote along racial lines, says ‘No’ to annexation," 19 Nov. 2019 Trump has since announced partnerships with larges businesses to expand testing. Fox News, "Customs officers at O'Hare Airport seize 'prohibited' medical test kits," 20 Mar. 2020 Most of Israel's Ethiopian community arrived in two larges waves of migration in the 1980s and 1990s, following Israel's recognition of Ethiopia's Jewish community in 1975. Oren Liebermann, CNN, "An off-duty police officer shot dead an unarmed black teen, sparking riots. But it didn't happen where you think," 4 July 2019

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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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27 Jul 2020

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“Large.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce large (audio)

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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