Definition of large in English:

large

adjective

  • 1Of considerable or relatively great size, extent, or capacity.

    ‘add a large clove of garlic’
    ‘the concert attracted large crowds’
    ‘the sweater comes in small, medium, and large sizes’
    • ‘Even the language of large sizes discriminates against the women who wear them.’
    • ‘There's a large outside balcony area which faces South over the city centre rooftops.’
    • ‘It was about one metre tall with long arms and a skull the size of a large grapefruit.’
    • ‘At points I was considering getting a large hammer and knocking most of my own teeth out.’
    • ‘He drank and smoked far too much and obviously indulged in unhealthy eating given his large size.’
    • ‘The only area where a large sample has been taken is in the city of Termitau in Kazakhstan.’
    • ‘We have a considerably large Asian community in our school, many of whom are Muslims.’
    • ‘The unexplainable fact is, the cul-de-sac is of ample size for even a large van to turn round.’
    • ‘It's a tattoo, not a bloody button - get it sized large enough to have a bit of impact.’
    • ‘Is there a relatively large group of people or an area that could be swayed by such arguments?’
    • ‘A relatively large sum of money is required from members and friends of the club.’
    • ‘After all, it's a relatively large number and one reliant on a difficult definition.’
    • ‘The current study would only be able to detect a relatively large mortality difference.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have a large cardboard box the size of a tea chest with an aperture in front which people can see through.’
    • ‘At first the boy was deemed to be too large to be considered for the operation.’
    • ‘In front of each god was a miniature steel plate and a tumbler the size of a large thimble.’
    • ‘This is a very cheap yet effective way of loading up these large capacity reels.’
    • ‘As in hurling, the playing field is about the size of a large football pitch, with a goal at either end.’
    abundant, copious, plentiful, ample, liberal, generous, lavish, profuse, bountiful, bumper, boundless, teeming, overflowing, good, considerable, superabundant, opulent, handsome, galore, sufficient
    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
    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
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    1. 1.1Pursuing an occupation or commercial activity on a significant scale.
      ‘many large investors are likely to take a different view’
      • ‘China's economy is now the seventh largest in the world, eclipsing Canada.’
      • ‘Being a large economy, the euro zone is much less open than individual member states.’
      • ‘Britain is a Trillion Pound economy, still the fourth largest in the world.’
      • ‘The difficulties of regional distribution add to the problem of building a market large enough to sustain the industry.’
      • ‘The fate of rival bids for NatWest rest in the hands of the faceless large investors.’
      • ‘The basic cause of the changed activities of large businesses is a matter of debate.’
  • 2Of wide range or scope.

    ‘we can afford to take a larger view of the situation’
    • ‘The leaves were selected from different parts of the plants to span a large range of mass, area and age.’
    • ‘He was very grand and extreme, very artistic; everything he did was on a large scale.’
    • ‘Their effort had grown too large to be managed out of a rented house in Nong Khai.’
    • ‘He soon realised he had to go about the programme on a large scale to make it really useful.’
    • ‘It has the infrastructure in place and knows the logistics of large scale delivery systems.’
    • ‘It has been happening on a very large scale in manufacturing industry in Britain.’
    • ‘The trouble is that that has now been tried on a large scale and the anger still seethes.’
    • ‘It all points to disruption on rather a large scale and uncertainty at least in the medium term.’
    • ‘Secondly, from a structural point of view it pervades large parts of the language system.’
    • ‘We had to lop a year off that, as it would clearly be impossible to get actors to cover that large an age range.’
    • ‘This large range in ripe grapes is an important source of variation in quality.’
    • ‘If an attacker staged such an assault on a large enough scale, the root servers would be unusable.’
    • ‘The forces were now effectively only capable of coping with one large scale operation at a time.’
    • ‘Had it done so, pain and tragedy and loss on a very large scale could have been avoided.’
    • ‘This is the purposive activity of craving on a large scale, as it embraces all sentient life.’
    • ‘Hence we should treat them instead with a large range of pharmaceutical agents.’
    • ‘It was when the latter came on board that we started to see the acceleration of large scale changes.’
    • ‘It will be seen from this that Bellavitis worked on a large range of mathematical topics.’
    • ‘I'm not quite sure how this would work on a large scale, but at least it's an idea.’
    • ‘However, on a large scale, the way in which the primes are distributed is very regular.’
    wide-reaching, far-reaching, wide-ranging, wide, sweeping, large-scale, broad, extensive, comprehensive, exhaustive, wholesale, global
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adverb

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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

large

/lärj/