large

adjective
\ 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

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 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

California has the fifth-largest economy in the world and the highest poverty rate in the nation, and is 41st in the nation in per-pupil spending, according to NBC News. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Access to Education for Black Children Proves Difficult for Their Parents, Creating a Disadvantage," 13 Mar. 2019 Loughlin has two daughters, Olivia Jade and Bella, who have a semi-large Instagram following. Vogue, "The Craziest Details From the College Cheating Scandal That Got Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin Charged," 12 Mar. 2019 Oh, and one of the best parts about this larger-than-life quiche? Beth Lipton, Country Living, "Bacon and Leek Deep-Dish Quiche," 8 Mar. 2019 News, the two were headed to a Drake concert together with a large group of friends. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Tristan Thompson and Jordyn Woods' Cheating Scandal and Everything That Went Down," 22 Feb. 2019 Your larger-than-usual uterus can also crowd your stomach and thrust digestive acids upward, creating heartburn in the process. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Ways to Make Sleep More Comfortable When You’re Pregnant," 31 Jan. 2019 Uncertainty over the costly trade dispute between the world’s largest economies has clouded the outlook for company profits. Alex Veiga, The Seattle Times, "US stocks edge higher in early trading, extending gains," 20 Feb. 2019 All Medicaid plans and the vast majority of large employers cover at least a portion of mental health care, too, according to the APA. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "7 Ways to Find an Actually Affordable Therapist," 15 Feb. 2019 This particular filter is quite large, and according to TopTenReviews.com, that means the evaporation process is more efficient. Stephanie Shore Fisher, Country Living, "The Honeywell HCM350W Humidifier Is Single-Handedly Helping Me Survive the Winter," 12 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

In the context of the show that looms large over it: Sierra Burgess offers us the refreshing option, in this era of Insatiable, of seeing a girl who’s larger than a size two be considered worthy of love. Constance Grady, Vox, "Peter Kavinsky and Barb from Stranger Things can’t salvage Sierra Burgess Is a Loser," 7 Sep. 2018 Opposition supporters said the army's crushing victories in other rebel strongholds had loomed large over this offensive, breaking morale and encouraging towns and villages to surrender one by one as the bombing intensified. Louisa Loveluck, chicagotribune.com, "Syrian army raises flag above city considered birthplace of uprising against Assad," 12 July 2018 Dom Sovietov -- the House of Soviets -- has a brooding presence that looms large over the FIFA fan zone in this Russian outpost near the Baltic coast. Washington Post, "Unused Soviet-era office block looms over World Cup fans," 28 June 2018 That’s where the practical significance of the finding looms large: if video games explain only a tiny portion of aggressive behavior, other factors should probably be getting a lot more airtime. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "What do we actually know about the risks of screen time and digital media?," 17 Oct. 2018 Aside from the six characters in Lindsay-Abaire's play, a seventh looms large, the slum-like neighborhood of South Boston — the infamous Southie — where most of them grew up. Tom Titus, latimes.com, "On Theater: ‘Good People’ is rich in heart and humor at Chance Theater," 1 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Two dogs accost resident, dog: Bay Village Police Blotter," 20 Apr. 2018 Erik Schatzker, Editor-at-large for Bloomberg, on Goldman announcing David Solomon will be the sole president of the company, and Lloyd Blankfein saying reports of his exit are premature. Bloomberg.com, "GS Picked Solomon To Tap Modern Market, Young Blood: Schatzker," 12 Mar. 2018 Which may be why Hevesh’s disappointment caught the attention of both creators and the community-at-large. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube faces backlash on Twitter over lifted, uncredited holiday video," 26 Dec. 2018 Most weeks,New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Rot on the Right, Green Shoots on the Left," 28 June 2018 But Dolly's career has by-and-large been the most commercially successful. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "Stella Parton: I'm more than just Dolly's kid sister," 4 Apr. 2018 Two large chipped and painted clay-type mortars and heavily worn porous wooden pestles found on food prep table. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Restaurant inspections: 3 Phoenix-area eateries on this week's list," 14 Mar. 2018 Sometimes shrimp will be labeled as colossal, jumbo, extra-large, large, medium or small. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "National Shrimp Day: How to buy, store and cook the seafood favorite," 9 May 2018 Also back are Jason Williams (at-large) and Jared Brossett, who represents the Treme and the Seventh Ward. Kevin Litten, NOLA.com, "New Mayor LaToya Cantrell takes office: New Orleans 'A city open to all'," 7 May 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, Adverb, and Noun

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

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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 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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