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 Take a look at the culture of the organization on both a micro and a macro level. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The book is stronger on the macro level, filling in the context of Biggie’s life with sharp sketches of the people, events and social currents that accompanied Biggie’s rise. Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 Every micro and macro effort to align your brand and company culture will move you closer toward a Marquee Culture that inspires your team, attracts tribes of followers, and turns employees and customers into raving fans. Ted Vaughn, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 But at the macro level, that narrative falls apart. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 25 Apr. 2022 Qaedi is hopeful that the developments will offer benefits to Bahrain on both a micro and macro scale, drawing global financial interest to the region and stimulating local economies with job creation and investment in local infrastructure. Nadia Leigh-hewitson, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 Change is constant, on both a micro and macro level. Jonas Shaffer,, 6 Sep. 2021 After the coronavirus sent millions of employees home, many Black women experienced a workday free of the micro and macro aggressions that followed them at their predominantly White workplaces. Washington Post, 24 July 2021 Six months removed from his Election Day loss, Trump has emerged from his West Palm Beach hibernation — refashioning himself as the president of the Republican States of America and reshaping the party in ways both micro and macro. Author: Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Following Millennium spinout Modular Asset Management's impressive performance, its management is reopening its flagship macro fund to outside investors following a soft close nearly two years ago. Jacob Wolinsky, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Other winners include New York macro fund Castle Hook Partners and value investor Pilgrim Global. Juliet Chung And Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, 13 Mar. 2022 My team is actively working with financial sponsors who are seeking to capitalize on the major macro tailwinds that ESG provides. Lindsay Patrick, Fortune, 22 Feb. 2022 The fund reports that macro, led by inflation swaps and gold, generated a little more than all the return. Jacob Wolinsky, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Cryptos are, for the most part, moving on what's happening with macro. Steven Ehrlich, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Still, the current wave will further suppress consumer confidence, which has remained fragile throughout the pandemic, said Bruce Pang, head of macro and strategy research at China Renaissance Securities. Natasha Khan, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 Another way the next generation of renal entrepreneurs can create impact is to focus on novel solutions, whether technology, digital health or services, that help enable macro-currents in the space. Leslie Trigg, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 In more recent years, the optics, behavior and ownership structures of some craft brewers have begun looking an awful lot like the macro-brewery brands that were such a vivid counterpoint to the craftiness of craft. Kevin Mcgee, Rolling Stone, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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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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