Definition of large in English:

large

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Pronunciation: /lɑːdʒ
 
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adjective

verb

[no object] (large it) British informal Back to top  
  • Enjoy oneself in a lively way with drink or drugs and music: Bez is known in clubland for his capacity for larging it people cannot large it for three or four nights a week and expect not to experience something negative
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    • And when I say we didn't go clubbing, I just mean we weren't larging it on a week night.
    • It's the one night of the week when every young hip dude in the country is out on the town larging it (as I believe the younger generation say).
    • And if they are not actually hideous, then they're larging it with the lads - kit wraps them in hideousness.

Phrases

at large

  • 2As a whole; in general: there has been a loss of community values in society at large
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 3US In a general way; without particularizing: he served as an ambassador at large in the Reagan Administration
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    • 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.

have (or give) it large

British informal Go out and enjoy oneself, typically with drink or drugs; go clubbing: are you still having it large every weekend?
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  • It was the sound of having it large, having a laugh and having the musical ‘x’ factor to match the headline-grabbing boasts.
  • Dark, sleek, minimalist and atmospheric bordering on sinister, this is the kind of club where you might see Darth Vader having it large.
  • Some celebs were actually earning a crust rather than just living it up and having it large.

in large measure (or part)

To a great extent: the success of the conference was due in large part to its organizers
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  • 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

see life.
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  • Even the larger-than-life romantic heroes have recognizable human emotions.
  • He's hard to miss with that unmistakable voice and his larger-than-life presence on the screen.
  • He was one of these larger-than-life Brits like Sir Richard Francis Burton or Lord Byron.

Derivatives

largeness

noun
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  • 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.

largish

adjective
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  • 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.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'liberal in giving, lavish, ample in quantity'): via Old French from Latin larga, feminine of largus 'copious'.

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