mac·ro | \ˈma-(ˌ)krō \

Definition of macro 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being large, thick, or exceptionally prominent

2a : of, involving, or intended for use with relatively large quantities or on a large scale

b : of or relating to macroeconomics

4 : of or relating to a macro lens or to close-up photography


plural macros

Definition of macro (Entry 2 of 2)

: a single computer instruction that stands for a sequence of operations

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Conflating macro and micro is an age-old theme easy to make into a trite hash, but Weingrod pulls it off thanks to his inventive, intensive process. Cate Mcquaid,, "Seeing the heavens in a cut of wood," 11 July 2018 For pressures both macro and micro, the program’s built-in support system comes in handy. New York Times, "Falling for the Lure of the Stage. The Backstage.," 18 June 2018 Both on a macro and micro level, the writing in Destiny 2 is often half-baked, bordering on nonsensical. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Anthem plays even smoother than Destiny, but BioWare's story will make or break it," 15 June 2018 Both on a macro and micro level, Onrush includes a number of puzzling design decisions and execution bobbles. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Onrush game review: Sexy arcade racing in serious need of a tune-up," 5 June 2018 All these macro and micro nutrients are essential to plant health. Amy Hall,, "Growing season ahead depends on proper feeding," 7 Mar. 2018 Local business owners will get the opportunity to learn how macro and micro trends will effect the Lake Houston area in 2018 during the Economic Outlook Luncheon this week. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "Lake Houston luncheon looks ahead at economic trends," 17 Feb. 2018 At the macro level, the Subaru brand has always been pitched as resisting mainstream mentalities—a lighter touch, a smarter choice, generally cooler, definitely younger. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Subaru Ascent: A Bigger, Better Family SUV," 12 July 2018 But on a macro level, the NBA is an environment largely shaped by externalities, an aggregate sum of hundreds of cases of individual self-interest and their exponents. David Murphy,, "How LeBron James' decision may change Sixers' Star Hunt approach | David Murphy," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Today’s Louis Vuitton show was that moment in macro. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "Our Favorite Moments from Virgil Abloh's Louis Vuitton Debut," 21 June 2018 But this initial segment gives viewers an idea of what’s in store: the stakes throughout Solo never veer too far into the macro-fate of the Universe, and action itself largely carries the film. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Solo film review: Best when it embraces its favorite action-movie urges," 24 May 2018 Every save, every scoring chance, every puck-handle is catalogued in a software program called Hudl and tagged with a macro for easy recall. Alex Prewitt,, "Learning to Deal With the Little Things Has Capitals' Braden Holtby on the Verge of a Stanley Cup," 5 June 2018 Also, the micro with this team is much better than the macro. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Trump kicks the NFL, Chiefs fans are cocky (?) and Mahomes' endorsements," 5 June 2018 The keys are clicky and take some getting used to, but at least are RGB backlit and programmable for macros. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "New gaming laptops haven’t solved the battery life problem," 30 May 2018 Remember: Just because something fits your macros, doesn’t mean it’s super healthful and providing a balance of nutrients. Daniel Schultz, Ms, SELF, "Here’s What You Should Know Before Going on the Keto Diet," 16 Apr. 2018 This keyboard includes full n-key rollover, anti-ghosting, on-the-fly macro recording, six macro keys, and a media control panel. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Boost your setup with big deals on near-perfect G.Skill gaming peripherals," 5 Apr. 2018 And, as was the case with GIFs, older formats like image macros found all new uses. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Memes," 1 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of macro


1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for macro




short for macroinstruction

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English Language Learners Definition of macro

computers : a set of instructions that causes a computer to perform a series of tasks


mac·ro | \ˈmak-(ˌ)rō \

Medical Definition of macro 

1 : large, thick, or excessively developed macro layer of the cerebral cortex

2a : of or involving large quantities : intended for use with large quantities a macro procedure in analysis carrying out a test on a macro scale

b : gross sense 1b the macro appearance of a specimen

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