He's one of the major figures in 19th-century U.S. history.
Researchers have announced a major advance in the treatment of cancer.
She played a major role in the negotiations.
No major changes are expected.
The grant covered a major part of the cost.
Butter is one of the major ingredients in the recipe.
None of his health problems are major.
He suffered a major heart attack. Noun
He chose history as his major and French as his minor.
What was your major in college?
In college, he was a history major.
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The greenback chalked up its eighth-straight week of gains against a basket of other major currencies on Friday, its best run since winter 2014-2015.—Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 11 Sep. 2023 But the tally did not include Derna, which had become inaccessible, and many of the thousands missing there were believed carried away by waters.
Video by residents of the city posted online showed major devastation.—Samy Magdy, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2023 In the Golden State, major companies, including Allstate and State Farm, have even stopped selling owners new policies, blaming wildfire risks and soaring construction costs.—Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 11 Sep. 2023 Many major hotel brands — including Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt — are adding all-inclusive properties to their portfolios.—Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 11 Sep. 2023 Population figures are being updated all the time, but later this year, experts will have a more exact measure of how savanna elephants are doing when results from a major southern African census conducted by governments, park authorities, conservation groups and scientists are released.—Anthony Ham, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Sep. 2023 Four major oil ports in Libya — Ras Lanuf, Zueitina, Brega and Es Sidra — were closed from Saturday evening for three days, two oil engineers told Reuters.—Reuters, NBC News, 11 Sep. 2023 Apple is expected to reveal the latest iteration of its signature iPhone in a major event on Tuesday, alongside changes to other products, including the Apple Watch and AirPods.—Misty Severi, Washington Examiner, 11 Sep. 2023 The storm’s maximum-sustained winds diminished slightly to 125 miles per hour putting it in the Category 3 range again, which is still considered a major hurricane.—Jon Kamp, WSJ, 31 Aug. 2023
The pec major is bigger, and sits above the pec minor.—Brett Williams, Men's Health, 6 Sep. 2023 Finally, chords of A minor, F major, and B major shine from above—deus-ex-machina grace for a divided soul.—Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 4 Sep. 2023 Gauff, whose best showing at a major was reaching the final at the 2022 French Open before losing to Swiatek, has now won 15 of her past 16 matches.—Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Sep. 2023 At many universities, engineering and biology majors are struggling to grasp fractions and exponents.—Collin Binkley, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 Aug. 2023 The former Blackstone analyst, an economics major who attended a New York City college and had a 3.8 GPA, said they were quizzed on what was happening in the market, given ethical problems to solve that had no clear solution, and questioned on two case studies.—Byluisa Beltran, Fortune, 21 Aug. 2023 At Caltech, students do not declare a major until the end of their first year.—Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2023 Everyone in the stadium, including the media, wanted to believe Trent was the reason for this major upset in Big Ten football.—The Indianapolis Star, 30 Aug. 2023 Simon Kitchen, aviation management major, and Reagan Youngblood, chemistry major, are two out-of-state students at Auburn.—Jemma Stephenson, al, 28 Aug. 2023
Justin and Jayden both plan to major in business with an eye on starting in sports when their playing days are over.—John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 Steen, who intends to major in polymer engineering at Southern Mississippi, hopes the next level will include strong performances in the Class 2A regional and sectional and possibly a trip to the state meet.—Darren Day, Chicago Tribune, 6 Jan. 2023 McWright planned to major in communication studies and become a television sports analyst.—Dennis Romero, NBC News, 22 Oct. 2022 And what will major advertisers such as Apple and Amazon do?—Oliver Darcy, CNN, 16 Dec. 2022 Ibrahimi was accepted to Kabul Medical University, to major in public health.—Nabih Bulos, Chicago Tribune, 30 Nov. 2022 In 2020, according to public records, Mr. Aldrich attempted to enroll at Metro State University of Denver, a public university that offers online and in person classes, and intended to major in political science.—Zusha Elinson, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2022 In college, Clooten intends to major in sports medicine with the hopes of becoming a physical therapist or chiropractor.—Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Nov. 2022 See More
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Adjective, Noun, and Verb
Middle English maiour, from Latin major, comparative of magnus great, large — more at much