large

[ lahrj ]
/ lɑrdʒ /

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 for 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 < Old French < Latin larga, feminine of largus ample, generous

SYNONYMS FOR large

ANTONYMS FOR large

OTHER WORDS FROM large

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH large

large largess
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Example sentences from the Web for overlarge

  • Cheyenne was left with an overlarge town site, but with some real excuse for existence.

    The Last American Frontier|Frederic L. (Frederic Logan) Paxson
  • Her eyes were overlarge from fasting as they hung on the face of the big captain.

    When the West Was Young|Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • Danner's cranium was overlarge and his neck small; but he stiffened it to hold himself in a posture of dignity.

    Gladiator|Philip Wylie
  • The Ashe Clothespin Company had to be dunned as if it were a dubious individual with an overlarge bill at the corner grocery.

    Sudden Jim|Clarence Budington Kelland

British Dictionary definitions for overlarge (1 of 2)

overlarge
/ (ˌəʊvəˈlɑːdʒ) /

adjective

excessively large

British Dictionary definitions for overlarge (2 of 2)

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with overlarge

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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