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 240 people Hamas took captive during its terror attack, in which some 1,200 people in Israel were killed, have been a major focal point in a war that has cost many thousands of lives and caused devastation across the Gaza Strip over the last six weeks.—Patrick Smith, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2023 Wisconsin is one of the country's most politically competitive states, and how the high court decides the case could have a major impact on state and national politics.—Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, 21 Nov. 2023 On Thursday, the watchdog group Media Matters published a report showing that the ads of major corporations were appearing on X alongside antisemitic material.—Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2023 The analysis comes as the Earth hits another major climate milestone: The planet appears to have reached an average surface temperature of more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels for the first time.—Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Nov. 2023 Google is also joining the early Black Friday sale action with discounts on its lineup of products across nearly major online and brick-and-mortar retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.—Rudie Obias, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2023 The sales company has now closed deals in all major territories.—Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 The tentative agreement between SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP has the support of a major power player: President Joe Biden.—Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Nov. 2023 Striking Hollywood actors reached a tentative agreement with major studios and streamers Wednesday that could clear the way for the entertainment industry to restart its content factory after six months of labor strife.—Joe Flint, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2023
Different majors, after all, require different levels of performance and different software support.—Christian De Looper, wsj.com, 1 Nov. 2023 The family also owns a $700,000 vacation home in Palm Desert in the Coachella Valley.
Rolston, 20, a Los Angeles native, and Stewart, 21, were business majors at Pepperdine, according to their LinkedIn profiles.—Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 25 Oct. 2023 That means state appropriations should focus more on engineering and business programs, said Shad White, the auditor, and less on liberal arts majors like anthropology, women’s studies and German language and literature.—Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2023 Walker, a political science major, drafted the team constitution, and both worked to develop the club’s budget and schedule.—Melissa Noel, Essence, 31 Oct. 2023 Now a senior at UC Berkeley, Nabavi continues to pursue that passion for space as an engineering physics major and founder of a campus club to research and develop advanced structures needed in aerospace.—Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2023 To meet the rising interest in the field, UC Berkeley started an aerospace engineering major last year, attracting 2,000 applicants for 80 seats — a 4% admission rate.—Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2023 The top-earning majors include radiation therapy and software engineering, with both leading to a median pay at mid-career in the six-figures.—Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 5 Oct. 2023 For the moment, the indies and majors seem dedicated to buying and releasing movies — but the specter of the strikes still looms.—Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Sep. 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