adjective, larg·er, larg·est.
- unrestrained in the use of language; gross; improper.
- unrestrained in behavior or manner; uninhibited.
- 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.
Origin of large
Synonyms for large
Antonyms for large
Related Words for largehuge, enormous, giant, generous, full, wide, broad, grand, great, immense, considerable, sizable, substantial, massive, hefty, populous, gigantic, extensive, vast, spacious
Examples from the Web for large
Contemporary Examples of large
A fourth suspect, a 26-year-old woman named Hayat Boumeddiene, remains at large.France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
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
January 9, 2015
I think a large majority of our fans are [other] nationalities.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical
January 9, 2015
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
Late Wednesday night, French authorities reported that Mourad had surrendered to police, while the two brothers remained at large.Police Hunt for Paris Massacre Suspects
Tracy McNicoll, Christopher Dickey
January 7, 2015
Historical Examples of large
Over the gate was written in large letters, 'The Entrance of Mortals.'Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Both rooms were large and furnished in a style that had been supremely luxurious in 1878.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I suspect that she was the means of influencing so large a purchase.
In fact, a large portion of the whole book was built on that anecdote.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
He had a large family at home waiting his return from a Western journey.
- (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)
- (sentence modifier)generally; as a ruleby and large, the man is the breadwinner
- nauticaltowards and away from the wind
Word Origin for large
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).
see at large; big (large) as life; by and large; cog in the (a large) wheel; in some (large) measure; loom large; writ large.