Definition of macro-

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: large : on a large scale macrofossil macromolecule macroscopic often used in compounds with a corresponding compound formed with micro-


mac·​ro | \ ˈma-(ˌ)krō How to pronounce macro (audio) \

Definition of macro (Entry 2 of 3)

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 3 of 3)

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

Examples of macro- in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The macro base station is responsible for managing the system’s energy, bandwidth allocation, and flow management, including the handover in intra and inter mast zones. Clement Prince Addo, Quartz Africa, "This is how we cut the price of internet access in African countries," 18 Dec. 2019 Johnson builds her micro tragicomic set piece into the macro Good-and-Evil spacefight. Darren Franich,, "Star Wars rewatch: The Last Jedi destroys a legend to rebuild the same legend," 16 Dec. 2019 This year, that macro-idea felt thrillingly micro, with a rising class of rappers from across the map — Blueface, Teejayx6, Goonew and others — rhyming brazenly ahead of the beat, pushing hard into the unknowable future. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "The year’s best rappers sounded ahead of their time. Literally.," 13 Dec. 2019 There are more macro takeaways from his research as well. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "How to help children who are highly susceptible to stress," 3 Dec. 2019 On the macro level, there’s the ever-present specter of brain injury, the lopsided battles between ownership and labor, the bleeding of civic funds for billionaire owners’ stadiums. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson Break the ‘No-Fun League’," 12 Dec. 2019 Budweiser isn’t the only brewery—micro and macro, alike—that has jumped in on this space race. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Home Brewing Is Hard. Space Brewing Is Harder.," 5 Dec. 2019 There is the uber-rise of the It-girl on both a macro and micro scale. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Natasha Stagg’s Sleeveless Describes the New York That We Hate To Love," 25 Oct. 2019 The results, as posted by the channel Razbuten, have been embedded below, and the 20-minute analysis is fascinating on both a macro and micro level. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "When “easy mode” isn’t enough: An analysis of unclear lessons in video games," 4 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At the upper level is a Cloud-RAN macro-base station. Clement Prince Addo, Quartz Africa, "This is how we cut the price of internet access in African countries," 18 Dec. 2019 The whole world, which was the macro setting for my No. Darren Franich,, "The best TV shows of the decade," 5 Dec. 2019 So in the near-term, there is no macro-shock expected. Knowledge@wharton, Quartz India, "India can achieve 10% GDP growth, but only with Olympic-type regimen," 18 Nov. 2019 Given the current slowdown in the Indian economy and worsening macros, it has been argued that joining the RCEP would be a disaster for the economy. Vk Vijayakumar, Quartz India, "India’s RCEP walkout shows its industry is still incompetent," 21 Nov. 2019 The online financial tool is designed to give a macro point of view of the city’s finances and operations that Gallagher said is easier to consume than going through the 300-page financial report. John Benson, cleveland, "Brooklyn updates financial transparency tool for 2018 audit data," 27 Sep. 2019 The big picture is harder to grasp while the micro blocks out the macro, though. Pat Brennan,, "Shorthanded FC Cincinnati looking to continue MLS progress at Minnesota United FC," 27 June 2019 Proofpoint said that the macros found in the Word document are similar to ones used in targeted attacks against Japanese businesses last year. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "New advanced malware, possibly nation sponsored, is targeting US utilities," 2 Aug. 2019 In 2014, when Kim Kardashian's butt was enough to break the internet and macros like Awkward Moment Seal were still a thing, memes were all niche entertainment. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "MTV's 'Most Meme-Able Moment' Honors Internet Culture—Barely," 18 June 2019

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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-

Combining form

borrowed from Greek makro-, combining form of makrós "long, tall, high, large" — more at meager


independent use of macro-


short for macroinstruction, from macro- + instruction

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The first known use of macro- was in 1923

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“Macro-.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of macro-

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: large



English Language Learners Definition of macro (Entry 2 of 2)

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


mac·​ro | \ ˈmak-(ˌ)rō How to pronounce macro (audio) \

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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to insert between existing elements

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