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

Definition of macro

 (Entry 1 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 2 of 3)

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

Definition of macro- (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Examples of macro in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Kit Juckes, macro strategist at Societe Generale, says the UK economy has performed more similarly to other large European nations than some think, but Brexit could change that. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Pfizer’s vaccine won’t save the UK economy," 2 Dec. 2020 Though failure to reach a deal could be a shock, investors may have already learned to live with the uncertainty, according to Alberto Gallo, head of macro strategies at Algebris, a fund manager. Paul J. Davies And Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, "Markets Wake Up to Risks of Disruptive Brexit," 11 Dec. 2020 On a macro-level, this might the most impressive win of Lamar Jackson’s young career. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Instant analysis from Ravens’ wild 47-42 win over Browns on ‘Monday Night Football’," 14 Dec. 2020 On a macro level, America’s soccer explosion is undeniable and seemingly inexorable. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "The pandemic isn't the only reason for the constant churn facing the USL," 15 Nov. 2020 Big picture: Even if some results aren't playing as well this morning, on a macro level, tech's top companies are clearly emerging from a tumultuous economic period with even more clout. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Big Tech is strengthening its hold on the US economy," 30 Oct. 2020 In macro terms, the gross domestic product was down 1.3% in the first quarter of 2020 and 3.2% in the second quarter. Michael Breen, STAT, "The year of the pandemic: a view from South Korea," 19 Nov. 2020 During spring and summer, part of my early morning ritual involves heading out for a spot of macro photography. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Winners of Close-Up Photographer of the Year," 11 Nov. 2020 There's also a 16MP wide-angle camera, which has an IMX481 sensor, along with a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP monochrome camera. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "The $749 OnePlus 8T is official, with a 120Hz display, 65W charging," 14 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bruce Pang, head of macro and strategy research at China Renaissance Securities, said Beijing was wary of large internet companies profiting at the expense of smaller businesses, or misusing their vast troves of user data. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "Alibaba Selloff Deepens as Antitrust Probe Rattles Investors," 24 Dec. 2020 This is not unusual since cryptocurrencies are widely believed to be delinked to the macro-economy, which has been facing its worst nightmare. Prathamesh Mulye, Quartz India, "Does it make sense for Indians to buy bitcoin instead of gold this Diwali?," 11 Nov. 2020 Both games did a great job at balancing the macro of saving the planet from destruction and getting revenge against Sephiroth. Joshua Adams, Wired, "A Final Fantasy Newbie’s Journey Through FF7 and Its Remake," 10 Nov. 2020 The macro and the micro inexorably converge whenever words, color, voices and bodies are arranged into vision. Los Angeles Times, "How can artists help mend our cultural rifts after the election?," 1 Nov. 2020 Bruce Pang, head of macro and strategy research at China Renaissance Securities, said companies typically need at least two weeks to complete their IPOs and start trading in Hong Kong after obtaining approval from the city’s stock exchange. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "Ant Group Nears Giant IPO After Green Light From Hong Kong’s Exchange," 20 Oct. 2020 That’s what Shweta Singh, managing director for global macro at TS Lombard, a research company, says in a report today. Peter Coy,, "If Google Is Violating Antitrust Laws, What’s the Right Remedy?," 20 Oct. 2020 In fact, says Bonci, there's really no food that will provide you with every beneficial nutrient, antioxidant, vitamin, macro and micronutrient your body needs. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, "Coconut oil is the latest reminder that there’s no such thing as a ‘superfood’," 27 Aug. 2018 The site says the back will have four cameras, a 48MP main camera, 16MP wide-angle, 5MP macro, and a 2MP depth lens. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "OnePlus 8T reportedly launches in October with 120Hz OLED, Snapdragon 865+," 4 Sep. 2020

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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


independent use of macro-


short for macroinstruction, from macro- + instruction

Combining form

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

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The first known use of macro was in 1923

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17 Jan 2021

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“Macro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of macro

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

: large


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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