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 From signing for a home all the way up to looking at this on the macro level and saying there are patterns of potential abuse here that are not being properly addressed by the city and the state. New York Times, 3 Aug. 2022 There’s a lot to unpack here, professionally, personally and on a macro level. Jem Aswad, Variety, 29 July 2022 On a macro level, there are certainly storm clouds but not unforeseen clouds. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Always think long-term but be prepared for a lot of short-term volatility as the macro picture takes hold. Jim Osman, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Agencies have a macro view of the marketing landscape, which is critical as the digital marketing ecosystem can be a lot for one person or a small team to stay on top of. Justin Turner, Forbes, 29 June 2022 Still, the details about party switchers present a dire warning for Democrats who were already concerned about the macro effects shaping the political landscape this fall. Steve Peoples And Aaron Kessler, Chron, 27 June 2022 The first thing that Matt did was give Brent a detailed nutrition breakdown with specific macro splits that changed on a weekly basis to reflect his progress. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 26 June 2022 Hear from the top minds in technology as the program focuses on macro and micro issues. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 21 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Leave that to the smart macro-thinkers with European accents and interesting all-weather clothing, or the sad Americans with Substacks. Paul Ford, Wired, 3 Aug. 2022 The record does not shy from discussing macro-issues like politics, success and capitalism, or from sharing Allison’s most intrusive thoughts. Kristin Robinson, Billboard, 1 July 2022 Follina, by contrast, doesn't require the target to open the document, and there's no macro to allow. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 6 June 2022 Use of any macro, bot, script or other automated means to submit Entries is prohibited. Outside Online, 3 June 2022 This is not his usual macro-history but a slim volume, fewer than two hundred pages, outlining both the virtues and the major critiques of liberalism, and suggesting principles for its preservation. Krithika Varagur, The New Yorker, 25 May 2022 In addition to macro, Shopify faces high investment costs for the Shopify Fulfillment Network (SFN) coupled with the unknowns around the company’s growth rate now that the economy is reopened. Beth Kindig, Forbes, 6 May 2022 That is part of my goal and part of my role in editing — to take both the macro and the micro view of fairness and to look at the story in its totality. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 These include coming up with go-to meals that enable him to hit his macro and calorie targets, going for a 30-minute morning walk, carving out 30 minutes each evening for a workout, and trying to get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 7 June 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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