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 On a macro level, there are direct linkages between the food and just about every major global issue. Rachel King, Fortune, "The Coronavirus Economy: The fine dining veterans aspiring to elevate frozen food," 16 June 2020 Clearly, something is wrong with policing in America on a macro level. Byron Mccauley,, "Don't miss an opportunity to reach back when police reach out," 11 June 2020 That, in essence, is the biggest concern of Peter Tchir, head of macro strategy at Academy Securities. Sarah Ponczek,, "A Booming Stock Market Could Come Back to Bite the Recovery," 8 June 2020 Sterling Stoner, 25, of Cleveland, said what may be driving the shift in opinion is a lack of concrete reforms on a macro scale. cleveland, "Black Clevelanders express hope protests will usher real change: ‘The world has joined’," 6 June 2020 But the macro issue of mishandling the wideout inventory to put him in this discontented position is the more relevant discussion., "Yes, Tom Brady’s frustrated, and management deserves blame for that," 15 Oct. 2019 But how those macro issues play out around the globe and in rural vs. urban areas varies. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, "Lab-grown meat, GMOs, high-tech ag: 'Fate of Food' explores solutions to global food crisis," 6 June 2019 That experience led to a macro mindset of investing for her. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "What the post-coronavirus dealmaking world looks like," 22 May 2020 Some of the men, viewers will see, are more viable than others — microscopically and also on the macro level. Washington Post, "Shows like ‘Celebrity Watch Party,’ ‘Ultimate Tag’ and ‘Labor of Love’ only seem like TV’s bottom of the barrel," 20 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 10 Pro has a 5-megapixel macro (close-up) camera and a 2-megapixel super low light camera. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "TCL 10 Pro smartphone joins the midpriced crowd," 18 June 2020 And then there are the various macro and micro decisions that would have been affected — draft positions, picks, free-agency signings and all of the related roster developments that are impossible to predict. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons what-if: Did Rasheed Wallace's defensive gaffe cost them a ring?," 10 June 2020 Behind the scenes, however, a macro executes a Powershell script. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "An advanced and unconventional hack is targeting industrial firms," 30 May 2020 Debug builds of a game can also help reverse engineers document its structure, thanks to the presence of uncompressed game files and C macros like __FILE__ and __LINE__ that reveal internal file names used by Nintendo. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Beyond emulation: The massive effort to reverse-engineer N64 source code," 6 May 2020 If opened, the file downloads a macro and runs NetSupport Manager RAT, a legitimate remote support tool that can be used for nefarious purposes, specifically to download malware on a targeted device. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Security News This Week: Look Out for This Covid-19 Excel Phishing Scam," 23 May 2020 Both diets do work around manipulating carb intake and counting macros. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Carb Cycling, According a Registered Dietitian," 15 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, the macro-lagers rely heavily on adjuncts, like corn and rice, which are cheaper. Esther Mobley,, "The hot new thing in craft beer? Good old-fashioned lager," 31 Jan. 2020 The Microsoft Word document was tainted with a malicious macro. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "How a Hacker's Mom Broke Into a Prison—and the Warden's Computer," 26 Feb. 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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21 Jun 2020

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“Macro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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