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

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Adjective
On the bright side, these micro and macro aggressions are countered by like-minded hair & makeup artists, stylists, and more who are ushering in a better standard for practice in the creative industry. Adora Mehala, Essence, 11 May 2024 Two sets of shoulder buttons sit at the top of the device, while additional right and left macro triggers hug the back side. PCMAG, 10 May 2024 What Bolton said attracted him to the phrase was the idea of gardens and time, and their connection to the exhibit, rather than the macro subtext. Jason Farago, New York Times, 9 May 2024 In his interview with The Star and with the local conservative radio host Ray Stevens, Johnson often veered into a more macro explanation of the woes that had befallen his restaurant. David Hudnall, Kansas City Star, 8 May 2024 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
Noun
The camera app offers three distance modes: a flower icon in a circle represents macro mode (which engages the macro setting), followed by 0.5x zoom for wide-angle shots, and 1x zoom for the main camera. PCMAG, 21 Mar. 2024 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

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Macro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/macro. Accessed 26 May. 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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