macro

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adjective

mac·​ro ˈma-(ˌ)krō How to pronounce macro (audio)
1
: being large, thick, or exceptionally prominent
2
a
: of, involving, or intended for use with relatively large quantities or on a large scale
b
: of or relating to macroeconomics
3
4
: of or relating to a macro lens or to close-up photography

macro

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noun

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

macro-

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combining form

: 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
The Fed will hold off rate cuts until inflation nears 2 percent or macro indicators substantially sour. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Apr. 2024 Podcasting is affected by the same macro forces that have resulted in layoffs and closures across media. Ariel Shapiro, The Verge, 18 Apr. 2024 The 16-25mm is one of the better lenses in this class for macro work, though the FE 16-35mm F4 PZ gets 1:4.3 results with autofocus, and the high-end FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II supports 1:3.1 reproduction. PCMAG, 16 Apr. 2024 Ultimately the two go hand in hand, as business leaders realize that a strong macro environment lifts all boats. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2024 Ideas By Jeremy Ney April 9, 2024 12:44 PM EDT Ney is the author of American Inequality and was previously a macro policy strategist at the Federal Reserve Americans are increasingly at risk of having lower incomes, poorer health, and a worse shot at opportunity even before they are born. Jeremy Ney, TIME, 9 Apr. 2024 The macro events of the nation and world have impacted all of us, compounding the ongoing stressors in the workplace. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Other sectors may reap the benefits too, with Goldman Sachs’ head of macro research in Europe, Peter Oppenheimer, comparing the buzz to the canal boom of the 18th century. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 21 Feb. 2024 To me, there’s a natural question here—is this a macro problem or a Tiger-specific problem? Allie Garfinkle, Fortune, 3 Apr. 2024
Noun
Because lens macro distances are measured from the sensor, there are just centimeters between the front glass and the closest focus point at 10mm. PCMAG, 31 Mar. 2024 Some people prefer to count their macros instead of counting calories. Brierley Horton, Ms, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Mar. 2024 One serving of this powder packs 20 grams of protein for just 90 calories, so its macro profile is pretty comparable to that of whey protein powder. April Benshosan, Glamour, 13 Mar. 2024 Today’s rally, which got several China and Hong Kong indices flat/slightly positive year to date, was driven by several macro and micro catalysts today. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 The cameras lack both the Hasselblad branding and the high-end macro and telephoto lenses found on the flagship model. Sarah Lord, PCMAG, 5 Feb. 2024 Citigroup is also expecting to see equities trade well in 2024 with Alex Saunders, Citi Research’s quantitative global macro and asset allocation team head, telling Fortune the assets tend to trade well in election years, particularly if an incumbent, like Joe Biden, is running. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 28 Jan. 2024 Collectively, Apple says that the three lenses can shoot in macro, 13 mm, 24 mm, 28 mm, 35 mm, 48 mm, and 77/120 mm modes without using digital zoom. Andrew Cunningham & Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 12 Sep. 2023 Early last year, Microsoft all but banned downloaded macros in Office unless someone goes out of their way to get infected. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 22 Aug. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

independent use of macro-

Noun

short for macroinstruction, from macro- + instruction

Combining form

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

First Known Use

Adjective

1933, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Noun

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of macro was in 1933

Dictionary Entries Near macro

Cite this Entry

“Macro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/macro. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

macro

noun
mac·​ro
ˈmak-rō
plural macros
: a single computer instruction that represents a series of operations

Medical Definition

macro

adjective
mac·​ro ˈmak-(ˌ)rō How to pronounce macro (audio)
1
: large, thick, or excessively developed
macro layer of the cerebral cortex
2
a
: 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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