\ ˈlärj How to pronounce large (audio) \
larger; largest

Definition of large

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : exceeding most other things of like kind especially in quantity or size : big a large number of complaints
b : dealing in great numbers or quantities a large and highly profitable business
2a : having more than usual capacity or scope : comprehensive take the large view will take a larger role in the negotiations
b : powerful, forceful had a large influence on the lives of his family
c : very successful or popular a large rock band
3 : extravagant, boastful large talk
4 of a wind : favorable
5 obsolete : lavish
6 obsolete
a : ample, abundant a large crop of apples
b : extensive, broad a large expanse of farmland
7 obsolete
a of language or expression : coarse, vulgar
b : lax in conduct : loose



Definition of large (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : in a large manner : extravagantly living large
2 : with the wind abaft the beam
3 obsolete : in abundance : amply, liberally



Definition of large (Entry 3 of 3)

1 slang : a thousand dollars
2 obsolete : liberality, generosity
at large
1a : free of restraint or confinement the escaped prisoner is still at large
b : without a specific subject or assignment critic at large
2 : as a whole society at large
3 : as the political representative of or to a whole area rather than of one of its subdivisions used in combination with a preceding noun a congressman-at-large
4 : at length
5 : in a general way
in the large
: on a large scale : in general

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Other Words from large


largeness noun
largish \ ˈlär-​jish How to pronounce large (audio) \ adjective

Examples of large in a Sentence

Adjective a large glass of water It's the largest city in the state. These T-shirts are available in three sizes: small, medium, and large. Which city has the largest population? Her policies are supported by a large part of the population. A large number of workers have filed complaints. He has a very large appetite. Adverb college students living large on generous allowances from indulgent parents Noun These shirts are all larges. “What size ice-cream cones do you want?” “We'll take three larges and a small.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In October 2018, a White Sox analyst noticed the large amount of tickets sold by Lee on Stub Hub at below face value, Schneider said. Rosemary Sobol,, 6 Oct. 2021 Anderson was born in 1947, into a large, eccentric family outside Chicago. New York Times, 6 Oct. 2021 The Carmel Clay School board is made up of five members: Three who represent specific districts within the school district boundaries and two at-large members. Mj Slaby, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Oct. 2021 Their nests are typically large and enclosed, containing over 100 hornets inside. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 6 Oct. 2021 But enzymes are often large and complex, and using them as catalysts involves a process that is slow and requires many steps. Josh Fischman, Scientific American, 6 Oct. 2021 Four district champions and four at-large teams based on RPI rankings make the playoffs in each of the four regions in Class 8A, 7A, 6A and 5A. J.c. Carnahan,, 6 Oct. 2021 But as the AL West champion Astros prepare to play the Chicago White Sox in their best-of-five Division Series beginning Thursday, the possibility that these are Correa’s final games with the team looms large. Kristie Rieken, Chron, 6 Oct. 2021 Just about 5% of the global population has been vaccinated, so the addressable market also remains large. Trefis Team, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The specter of the man who was the architect of the attacks, the late Abdelhamid Abaaoud, loomed large in the first days of the trial., 15 Sep. 2021 The specter of the man who was the architect of the attacks, the late Abdelhamid Abaaoud, loomed large in the first days of the trial. NBC News, 8 Sep. 2021 In Brecksville, all council positions are at-large, meaning council members represent the entire city, not any particular ward or section. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2021 Only in environments where large, competing carnivores were absent did tyrannosaurs get big. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Sep. 2021 For Sohel’s family, certain challenges could be met no other way, with holdings so large, shops and tenements in Lahore, or strips of city land liable to adverse possession. Daniyal Mueenuddin, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2021 This was a joyous love letter writ large in precious gemstones and fabric into the memory of Venice. Carol Woolton, Vogue, 31 Aug. 2021 Instead of the climate crisis writ large, people here worried about daily needs and infrastructure: access to clean water, safe and stable electricity, air conditioners and the money to run them. Elizabeth Weil, ProPublica, 24 Aug. 2021 The pandemic loomed large in this year’s municipal races, and criticism was directed by voting rights groups at Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill for not authorizing COVID-19 as an excuse to vote absentee ahead of the election date. al, 5 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun April Ryan, The Grio’s White House correspondent, and Errin Haines, editor-at-large for The 19th News, are two dynamic Black women journalists covering voting rights in America at a time when equal access to the ballot remains in jeopardy. Richard Fowler, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 Anderson is currently editor-at-large for Toronto’s Xtra and co-host of the Maximum Fun podcast, FANTI, and formerly the director of culture and entertainment at Out magazine. Michael Schneider, Variety, 27 Sep. 2021 Today Haines is the editor-at-large for The 19th, a nonprofit newsroom covering politics and centering women. Christine Michel Carter, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Biden's nominations include Rashad Hussain, who would be the first Muslim American to serve as the U.S. ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom. Alexandra Jaffe, Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 Ward 1 -- Alison Leary and John Oliver are running for reelection as councilors-at-large with challenger Allan L. Ciccone on the ballot., 28 July 2021 Even for the community at-large who are not immunocompromised, the Delta variant is still putting people at considerable risk for infection, as evident in the state of Florida. Travis Caldwell, CNN, 25 July 2021 Roberto José Andrade Franco is an author, freelance journalist and writer-at-large for Texas Highways. Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 One of Zoll's frequent sources was the Rev. James Martin, a Catholic priest who is editor-at-large of the Jesuit publication America. David Crary, Star Tribune, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of large


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for large

Adjective, Adverb, and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, broad, wide, generous, from Latin largus generous, plentiful

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The first known use of large was in the 13th century

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8 Oct 2021

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“Large.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of large

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: great in size or amount : big
: not limited in importance, range, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of large (Entry 3 of 2)

: something that is sold in a large size : something that is bigger than others of the same kind


\ ˈlärj How to pronounce large (audio) \
larger; largest

Kids Definition of large

: more than most others of a similar kind in amount or size : big a large room a large city
at large
1 : not captured or locked up The bank robbers are still at large.
2 : as a group or a whole the public at large
3 : representing a whole state or district a delegate-at-large

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largeness noun

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