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

At the macro level, the nation’s rising GDP and falling unemployment rate are not translating into increased financial security for many households. Julie Heath,, "Region's Economy: The state of Ohio's financial capability," 2 July 2019 This macro economic backdrop demands measures to boost growth. Vk Vijayakumar, Quartz India, "A fragile economy leaves Nirmala Sitharaman with little room to dole out goodies," 1 July 2019 That outright acknowledgment of the process lets the audience take a bird's-eye view of Jarmusch's zombie concept, circling the themes and references on a macro level. Katie Walsh,, "Review: Bill Murray and Adam Driver battle zombies in ‘The Dead Don’t Die’," 13 June 2019 What's important in a macro context is that the Pelicans should be looking to build slow and aim high. Andrew Sharp,, "With Zion Williamson in Place, Why Would the Pelicans Trade the 4th Pick?," 19 June 2019 Koch and some craft brewers said the Beer Industry League of Louisiana, who represent the beer distributors and large, macro breweries, has pushed hard against any changes in the distribution law., "Louisiana craft brewers tap into competition, slowing sales," 16 June 2019 At this free event, open to all, speakers will discuss the macro-level social implications that gardening, planting flowers and beautification can have on a neighborhood or, in some cases, an entire community., "Results from the Race for the Place, Gesu’s Hike for Hunger; a Porch Talk in Shaker Heights; more: Press Run," 14 June 2019 That outright acknowledgment of the process lets the audience take a bird’s-eye view of Jarmusch’s zombie concept, circling the themes and references on a macro level. Katie Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Bill Murray, Adam Driver battle zombies in ‘The Dead Don’t Die’," 13 June 2019 Join our scientist hosts in the field for a macro photography workshop, setting light traps that allow us to capture up-close photos of some of the Amazon’s innumerable insect species. National Geographic, "Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galápagos High School Expedition," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The 2018 survey, given to 27,000 Americans, contains both a macro and a micro story. Julie Heath,, "Region's Economy: The state of Ohio's financial capability," 2 July 2019 That attack, which seems to currently target Korean-language users, launches through malicious macros. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "How Hackers Turn Microsoft Excel's Own Features Against It," 27 June 2019 Seeing the micro and macro at the same time is what Boyden’s latest invention, expansion microscopy, is all about. Quanta Magazine, "A Neurobiologist Thinks Big — and Small," 18 Jan. 2018 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

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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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