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
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 | Clive Irving | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Last March they gave Airbus a huge piece of new business, ordering 169 A320s and 65 of the slightly larger A321.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501 | Clive Irving | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
And yet as Robert Ward discovered, Marvin—for all of his larger-than-life machismo—was surprising in real life.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
This “Sixth Migration” of massive human migration to Texas is the larger story of the book, and it is a significant story.
Before it was split between Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, Baluchistan spread over an area slightly larger than California.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan | Umar Farooq | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ages back—let musty geologists tell us how long ago—'twas a lake, larger than the Lake of Geneva.
But just wishing never made anyone larger or taller, not even a pig, and Squinty stayed the same size.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
The reader is referred to larger works upon urinalysis for details.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Nowhere can be found a region capable of supporting a larger population to the square mile than Lombardy.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
"Now I have a larger place for you," the boy said, speaking just as though Squinty could understand him.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
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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