- of more than average size, quantity, degree, etc.; exceeding that which is common to a kind or class; big; great: a large house; a large number; in large measure; to a large extent.
- on a great scale: a large producer of kitchen equipment.
- of great scope or range; extensive; broad.
- grand or pompous: a man given to large, bombastic talk.
- (of a map, model, etc.) representing the features of the original with features of its own that are relatively large so that great detail may be shown.
- famous; successful; important: He's very large in financial circles.
- Obsolete. generous; bountiful; lavish.
- unrestrained in the use of language; gross; improper.
- unrestrained in behavior or manner; uninhibited.
- Nautical. free(def 33).
- Music. the longest note in mensural notation.
- Obsolete. generosity; bounty.
- Nautical. with the wind free or abaft the beam so that all sails draw fully.
- at large,
- free from restraint or confinement; at liberty: The murderer is still at large.
- to a considerable extent; at length: to treat a subject at large.
- as a whole; in general: the country at large.
- Also at-large.representing the whole of a state, district, or body rather than one division or part of it: a delegate at large.
- Also at-large.having a general, as opposed to a specific, role in an organization or project: She’s the magazine’s editor-at-large.
- in large, on a large scale; from a broad point of view: a problem seen in large.Also in the large.
Origin of large
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Examples from the Web for larger
There is a larger reason, beyond the airlines themselves, why Lion Air and 61 other Indonesian airlines are on this black list.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
This “Sixth Migration” of massive human migration to Texas is the larger story of the book, and it is a significant story.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
“Mistletoe infections can be a symptom of larger problems,” notes Shaw.Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants
December 21, 2014
Politically in the last five decades, every problem Cuba faced was part of larger struggle against northern imperialists.Cuba Is A Kleptocracy, Not Communist
December 19, 2014
The larger meaning of what he was saying hung in the air for a split-second.The End of Truthiness: Stephen Colbert’s Sublime Finale
December 19, 2014
There is nothing but sorrow to be found in loving her, and her heart is no larger than her feet.
Two ropes were then hauled on board the vessel, a larger and a smaller.
It was evidently changed by the vicinity of the larger river.
It is individual ardour alone that can combine into larger flame.Weighed and Wanting
In such a case the larger community would be the interpreter.Understanding the Scriptures
- having a relatively great size, quantity, extent, etc; big
- of wide or broad scope, capacity, or range; comprehensivea large effect
- having or showing great breadth of understandinga large heart
- nautical (of the wind) blowing from a favourable direction
- rare overblown; pretentious
- obsolete (of manners and speech) gross; rude
- at large
- (esp of a dangerous criminal or wild animal) free; not confined
- roaming freely, as in a foreign country
- as a whole; in general
- in full detail; exhaustively
- ambassador-at-large See ambassador (def. 4)
- in large or in the large as a totality or on a broad scale
- nautical with the wind blowing from a favourable direction
- by and large
- (sentence modifier)generally; as a ruleby and large, the man is the breadwinner
- nauticaltowards and away from the wind
- loom large to be very prominent or important
Word Origin and History for larger
comparative of large (q.v.).
c.1200, "bountiful, inclined to give or spend freely," also, of areas, "great in expanse," from Old French large "broad, wide; generous, bounteous," from Latin largus "abundant, copious, plentiful; bountiful, liberal in giving," of unknown origin. Main modern meanings "extensive; big in overall size" emerged 14c. An older sense of "liberated, free from restraining influence" is preserved in at large (late 14c.). Adjective phrase larger-than-life first attested 1937 (bigger than life is from 1640s).