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
Related formslarge·ness, nouno·ver·large, adjectiveul·tra·large, adjectiveun·large, adjective
Can be confusedlarge largess
Examples from the Web for largest
Houston has the largest medical center in the world, and the largest export port in the entire country.
However, in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections they were the largest bloc of voters.
“The four largest banks are nearly 40 percent bigger today than they were just five years ago,” she observed.
It was as if it would interfere with the largest particular work of her life, which happened to be me.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness|Ronald K. Fried|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 2010 Cuba provided the largest contingent of medical staff during the aftermath of the huge earthquake that shook Haiti.
“Yes,” he answered, for he found he was ten times the size of the largest.
The third is therefore much the largest part of the whole book, comprising all from the 4th to the 22d ch.Notes On The Apocalypse|David Steele
The park proper, containing more than twelve hundred hectares, is one of the largest and most thickly wooded in France.Royal Palaces and Parks of France|Milburg Francisco Mansfield
The largest of these was evidently a patriarch, for although he was in rather poor condition he weighed 136 lbs.
It was one of the largest receptions ever held in Washington.Behind the Scenes|Elizabeth Keckley
British Dictionary definitions for largest
- (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
- nautical towards and away from the wind
Derived Formslargeness, noun
Word Origin for large
Idioms and Phrases with largest
see at large; big (large) as life; by and large; cog in the (a large) wheel; in some (large) measure; loom large; writ large.