Definition of large in English:


Syllabification: large
Pronunciation: /lärj



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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, loose, on the loose, on the run, fugitive, 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, generally, in general
  • 3 (also at-large) US In a general way; without particularizing: the magazine’s editor at large
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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 Sailing 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 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.



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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.


sense 1 of the 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.


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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