Definition of macro in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmakrō/

noun (plural macros)

1 (also macro instruction) Computing A single instruction that expands automatically into a set of instructions to perform a particular task.
Example sentences
  • The entire analysis is performed by a single macro in an Excel worksheet.
  • Another type of virus, known as a ‘macro’ virus, can infect word processing and spreadsheet documents that use macros.
  • Overseas, ‘we were relying on Excel spreadsheets with macros for currency conversion, and a lot of people stapling receipts to reports.’
2 Photography short for macro lens.
Example sentences
  • Many also double as macro (close-up) lenses - very useful.
  • To get this close, you need a macro or close-focusing lens.
  • This is my first camera with a decent macro, so please forgive my temporary indulgence with this feature.


1Large-scale; overall: the analysis of social events at the macro level Often contrasted with micro.
More example sentences
  • To the extent that it actually boosts consumption at the expense of investment and the foreign trade balance, the net result from a macro perspective is overall impoverishment.
  • In an economy in which the overall macro variable of real income is fixed or cyclical but individual shares are stochastic, a noninflationary equilibrium exists.
  • In reality, the gap between subatomic quantum effects and large-scale macro systems is too large to bridge.
2 Photography Relating to or used in macrophotography.
Example sentences
  • For more serious work, a macro lens or a zoom with a macro feature offers superior quality.
  • Fossils were initially photographed in color using a Nikon 995 digital camera in macro mode at a fine JPEG setting.
  • If you're into macro photography, keep your lens caps off and your strobes charged.


Independent usage of macro-.

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Syllabification: mac·ro

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