Definition of large in English:
- Preterm infants get cold quickly because of their relatively large surface area.
- Not being inordinately large in size, he had the advantage of being an amateur boxer.
- Is there a relatively large group of people or an area that could be swayed by such arguments?
- The basic cause of the changed activities of large businesses is a matter of debate.
- The fate of rival bids for NatWest rest in the hands of the faceless large investors.
- Being a large economy, the euro zone is much less open than individual member states.
- Hence we should treat them instead with a large range of pharmaceutical agents.
- This large range in ripe grapes is an important source of variation in quality.
- It will be seen from this that Bellavitis worked on a large range of mathematical topics.
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Large is found in early examples with the meaning ‘liberal in giving, lavish, ample in quantity’. It came via Old French from Latin largus ‘copious’: also behind largesse (Middle English) ‘liberality, munificence’.
- The prosecution are entitled to raise it and it is their duty to do so rather than allow a dangerous person to be at large.
- Finally, a power of entry is given to recapture a person who is unlawfully at large and whom the police officer is pursuing.
- It also signifies fugitives and runaways, including known criminals who are at large such as escaped convicts.
- When I send you one, you take it from me, generalise it at a glance, bestow it thus generalised upon society at large, and make me the second discoverer of a known theorem.
- Society at large obviously doesn't value their education either.
- And for another, society at large will not in general desire that its members should be victims of cruelty, and so its desires in this respect will be frustrated too.
- Mr. Yates is editor at large of Car and Driver magazine.
- He's now an editor at large at U.S. News and World Report.
- Michael Elliott is editor at large for ‘Time’ magazine here in New York City.
in large measure (or part)
- To a great extent: the success of the conference was due in large part to its organizersMore example sentences
- The debate over whether or not commercial whaling should resume turns in large measure on the extent to which whale stocks have recovered.
- With lay-offs, how people take it is due, in large part, to how the company treats the event.
- But it made clear the failures were due in large part to the system under which they work.
(as) large as life
- see life.
larger than life
- Example sentences
- He also criticized the European Union for being a toy for political elites and civil servants, detested by the people for its largeness of scale, bureaucracy and megalomania.
- I can understand the suffering she's experienced in a discriminatory society, but I felt very sad that someone who had campaigned for so long on largeness decided to go on the most depriving food regime.
- It is out of this that we will develop the largeness of heart, mind and spirit that will manifest the goodwill we must share with our fellow men.
- sense 1 of the adjective.Example sentences
- We have often been disappointed by the facilities offered by some hotels: we need quite a bit of space in the room, with plenty of seats, mirrors, tables, a largish bed and an ample bath.
- Why is a nation that could kick the butts of a largish portion of the planet and grind them under our boot if we so desired, so unanxious to build an empire?
- We walked into the room and I was immediately struck by the number of people - it was a largish auditorium and there must have been more than 100 people there, and not all of them were my mates who'd been pressured into turning up, either.
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