Definition of large in English:

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Pronunciation: /lɑːdʒ/


1Of considerable or relatively great size, extent, or capacity: add a large clove of garlic the concert attracted large crowds the jumper comes in small, medium, and large sizes
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  • 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?
big, great, huge, of considerable size, sizeable, substantial, immense, enormous, colossal, massive, mammoth, vast, cosmic, goodly, prodigious, tremendous, gigantic, giant, monumental, stupendous, gargantuan, elephantine, titanic, mountainous, monstrous;
towering, tall, high, lofty;
mighty, epic, inordinate, voluminous, unlimited, king-size, king-sized, giant-size, giant-sized, man-size, man-sized, outsize, oversized, overgrown, considerable, major, Brobdingnagian;
cumbersome, unwieldy
informal jumbo, whopping, whopping great, thumping, thumping great, mega, humongous, monster, astronomical, dirty great
British informal whacking, whacking great, ginormous
big, burly, heavy, tall, bulky, thickset, heavyset, chunky, strapping, powerfully built, hefty, muscular, muscle-bound, brawny, muscly, husky, solid, powerful, sturdy, solidly built, broad-shouldered, strong, big and strong, rugged, Herculean;
fat, plump, overweight, chubby, stout, weighty, meaty, fleshy, portly, rotund, flabby, well fed, paunchy, Falstaffian, obese, gross, corpulent;
informal hunky, hulking, beefy, roly-poly, tubby, pudgy, porky, well upholstered, broad in the beam
British informal podgy, fubsy
North American informal zaftig, corn-fed, lard-assed
abundant, copious, plentiful, ample, liberal, generous, lavish, profuse, bountiful, bumper, boundless, teeming, overflowing, good, considerable, superabundant, opulent, handsome, galore, sufficient
informal tidy
literary plenteous
1.1Pursuing a commercial activity on a significant scale: many large investors are likely to take a different view
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  • 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.
2Of wide range or scope: we can afford to take a larger view of the situation
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  • 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.
wide-reaching, far-reaching, wide-ranging, wide, sweeping, large-scale, broad, extensive, comprehensive, exhaustive, wholesale, global


[no object] (large it) British informal
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.



at large

1(Especially of a criminal or dangerous animal) at liberty; escaped or not yet captured: the fugitive was still at large
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  • 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.
at liberty, free, on the loose, on the run, fugitive;
unconfined, unrestrained, roaming, loose, unbound, unrestricted, untied, unchained, unshackled, unfettered, set loose, wild
North American informal on the lam
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.
as a whole, as a body, generally, in general, in the main
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.
4 dated At length; in great detail: writing at large on the policies he wished to pursue
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  • The column quoted veteran Carnival music-provider DJ Hurricane George, who detailed female Jouvert frustrations at large.
in detail, with full details, exhaustively, at length, extensively

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈlɑːdʒnəs/
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.


Pronunciation: /ˈlɑːdʒɪʃ/
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.


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

  • 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’.

Words that rhyme with large

barge, charge, enlarge, marge, raj, reportage, sarge, sparge, Swaraj, taj, undercharge

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