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 repercussions—both micro and macro—are devastating. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Maxine Waters, Donald Trump, #MeToo Stats: Broadsheet June 26," 26 June 2018 The bottom line is that the alarming spread of STDs is a public health crisis reaching critical mass, and must be addressed on both a micro and macro level for real change. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "STD Rates Have Hit an All-Time High in the U.S.—And Here’s Why," 29 Aug. 2018 By gathering data about global urban life on the macro and micro scales, the Urban Dynamics Institute has the potential to inform similar progressive changes in urban policy and design. Emily Strasser, Curbed, "A secret city opens up," 8 Aug. 2018 That could be costly, according to Caroline Freund, director of macro trade and investment at the World Bank. Danielle Paquette, The Seattle Times, "New round of US-China tariffs raise fears of an economic Cold War," 18 Sep. 2018 On a macro scale, this comic connection will offer an amazing opportunity to explore the link between your emotional intimacy and professional success. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's September 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Aug. 2018 By John Sleezer | Maria Torres Duffy meant that in the macro sense. Maria Torres, kansascity, "'Opposite of what we drew up': Soler's fractured foot is the Royals' latest bad break," 16 June 2018 Hategan added that Elliott has helped him become a better pro player in the macro sense of being in the right place at the right time during a game, but also in the micro with advice on punctuality, for instance. Mark Billingsley, sacbee, "'It's a serious business': No-nonsense coach leads Republic FC to hottest start ever | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 Policy merits aside, the politics may work for Republicans, at least in the macro sense. Michael Smolens,, "Trump's latest immigration gambit puts Democrats back on their heels," 1 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Takada cited the sharp deterioration in an internal equity sentiment index, which is calculated by the Nomura macro and quant strategy teams and is based on unspecified market data. Matt Egan, CNN, "Swings in market sentiment resemble pre-Lehman crisis, strategist warns," 6 June 2019 Tobias Gremmler’s incredible video art was at the heart of this, flying from the macro to the micro with kaleidoscopic shifts that take the audience on a journey with and through Björk. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Meet the Set Designer Behind For Björk Latest Showstopping Performance," 10 May 2019 That's why counting macros can be helpful with keeping your body in balance. Colleen Stinchcombe, Redbook, "What Are Macros, Exactly?," 27 Aug. 2018 Adherents strive to keep their bodies in ketosis by eating a specific balance of macronutrients, or macros, made up of mostly fats, some protein, and very few carbs. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "How low-fat dairy came to rule the US — and why that’s changing.," 20 Dec. 2018 People who received the emails didn’t have to have Microsoft Word macros installed to become infected. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Russia’s Cozy Bear comes out of hiding with post-election spear-phishing blitz," 20 Nov. 2018 Microsoft Excel for iPad still doesn’t support macros. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "Apple iPad Pro review 2018: the fastest iPad is still an iPad," 5 Nov. 2018 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

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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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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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