- 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 largest
Houston has the largest medical center in the world, and the largest export port in the entire country.Will Texas Stay Texan?
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However, in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections they were the largest bloc of voters.When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?
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“The four largest banks are nearly 40 percent bigger today than they were just five years ago,” she observed.How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
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It was as if it would interfere with the largest particular work of her life, which happened to be me.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness
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In 2010 Cuba provided the largest contingent of medical staff during the aftermath of the huge earthquake that shook Haiti.The Dark Side of Cuba’s Ebola Economy
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"Look at that dog-fish," said Vavasor, pointing to the largest in the tank.Weighed and Wanting
One of the largest of the Zeppelins was thus lost at Stuttgart in 1908.
The wood and cloth will be the two largest items, and these should not cost more than $10.
This was her first voyage, and she was said to be the largest ship out of Rotterdam.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
But one day there came to the mountainside the largest giant Wotan had ever seen.Opera Stories from Wagner
- 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 largest
superlative 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).