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.
Idioms about 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 .
- largeness, noun
- o·ver·large, adjective
- ul·tra·large, adjective
- un·large, adjective
- large , largess
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How to use large in a sentence
In 2019, the AOS rejected an earlier proposal to rename the McCown’s longspur, in large part because there was no policy in place for changing a name based on offensiveness.Inside the Movement to Abolish Colonialist Bird Names | Nathalie Alonso | February 12, 2021 | Outside Online
In less than two years, SpaceX launched more than 1,000 new satellites for its Starlink constellation, becoming the world’s largest satellite operator and increasing the number of active satellites by nearly a third.A flood of new SpaceX satellites has started a fight over space pollution | Tim Fernholz | February 11, 2021 | Quartz
It directly reflects a set of larger problems facing helmet makers.
A large part of the value comes from the number of other people on it.Twenty-Six Words Created the Internet. What Will It Take to Save It? | Stephen Engelberg | February 9, 2021 | ProPublica
In other large cities, from Los Angeles to Miami, there were parallel efforts to grow the sport but little coordination.How break dancing made the leap from ’80s pop culture to the Olympic stage | Rick Maese | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
A fourth suspect, a 26-year-old woman named Hayat Boumeddiene, remains at large.
However much we gossip about heterosexual couples with large age gaps, we at least refrain from calling them sex offenders.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic | Samantha Allen | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I think a large majority of our fans are [other] nationalities.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical | Stereo Williams | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Drugeon survived an airstrike last year and is believed to be still at large, officials have said.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre | Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Late Wednesday night, French authorities reported that Mourad had surrendered to police, while the two brothers remained at large.
Mr. Jones swung round a large iron key he held in his hand, and light dawned upon him.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
Sometimes in the case of large plants, cones have been known to occur on the tips of the branches of the Marsh Horsetail.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
The thought seemed to produce the dreaded object, for next moment a large hummock appeared right ahead.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
In the entrance hall of the Savoy, where large and lonely porters were dozing, he learnt that she was at home.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
His nose was hooked and rather large, his eyes were blue, bright as steel, and set a trifle wide.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for large
having a relatively great size, quantity, extent, etc; big
of wide or broad scope, capacity, or range; comprehensive: a large effect
having or showing great breadth of understanding: a large heart
nautical (of the wind) blowing from a favourable direction
rare overblown; pretentious
obsolete (of manners and speech) gross; rude
(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 rule: by and large, the man is the breadwinner
nautical towards and away from the wind
loom large to be very prominent or important
- largeness, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with large
see at large; big (large) as life; by and large; cog in the (a large) wheel; in some (large) measure; loom large; writ large.
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