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large

[ lahrj ]
/ lɑrdʒ /
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adjective, larg·er, larg·est.
noun
Music. the longest note in mensural notation.
Obsolete. generosity; bounty.
adverb
Nautical. with the wind free or abaft the beam so that all sails draw fully.
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Idioms about large

    at large,
    1. free from restraint or confinement; at liberty: The murderer is still at large.
    2. to a considerable extent; at length: to treat a subject at large.
    3. as a whole; in general: the country at large.
    4. Also at-large . representing the whole of a state, district, or body rather than one division or part of it: a delegate at large.
    5. 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

1125–75; Middle English from Old French from Latin larga, feminine of largus “ample, generous”

OTHER WORDS FROM large

largeness, nouno·ver·large, adjectiveul·tra·large, adjectiveun·large, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH large

large , largess
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British Dictionary definitions for large

large
/ (lɑːdʒ) /

adjective
noun
at large
  1. (esp of a dangerous criminal or wild animal) free; not confined
  2. roaming freely, as in a foreign country
  3. as a whole; in general
  4. in full detail; exhaustively
  5. ambassador-at-large See ambassador (def. 4)
in large or in the large as a totality or on a broad scale
adverb

Derived forms of large

largeness, noun

Word Origin for large

C12 (originally: generous): via Old French from Latin largus ample, abundant
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Other Idioms and Phrases with large

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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