[ lahrj ]
/ lɑrdʒ /
adjective, larg·er, larg·est.
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.
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- 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
1125–75; Middle English < Old French < Latin larga, feminine of largus ample, generous
ANTONYMS FOR large
Related formslarge·ness, nouno·ver·large, adjectiveul·tra·large, adjectiveun·large, adjective
Can be confusedlarge largess
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British Dictionary definitions for larges
/ (lɑːdʒ) /
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
- (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
- nautical towards and away from the wind
loom large to be very prominent or important
Derived Formslargeness, noun
Word Origin for large
C12 (originally: generous): via Old French from Latin largus ample, abundant
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Idioms and Phrases with larges
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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