Definition of large-scale in US English:

large-scale

adjective

  • 1Involving large numbers or a large area; extensive.

    ‘large-scale commercial farming’
    • ‘It is not small food production, but large-scale factory farming, that presents a threat to our health.’
    • ‘The prospect of a large-scale boycott - or rejection - of the draft cannot be ignored.’
    • ‘And conservationists believe a large-scale cull could be the best way to stop the water vole becoming extinct.’
    • ‘There was no large-scale ethnic conflict resulting in a nation wide blood bath.’
    • ‘You mention that the breaking up of large-scale commercial agriculture is retrograde.’
    • ‘A number of people were arrested after large-scale disorder broke out at a Bradford nightclub.’
    • ‘The massive increase in applications has prompted fears nationally that this election could see large-scale fraud.’
    • ‘According to residents, police then began a provocative large-scale mobilisation in the area.’
    • ‘For illustration we can pick on just a few unexplained large-scale properties of the Universe.’
    • ‘She was arrested last month after being accused of large-scale tax evasion.’
    • ‘While the feared large-scale violence didn't happen, the vote was marred by bloodshed and unrest.’
    • ‘We have no clue as to any explanation for this large-scale national security situation.’
    • ‘It has analyzed bribery by which areas of business are most ridden by large-scale illegal payoffs.’
    • ‘But the prospect of large-scale refugee camps has alarmed aid agencies.’
    • ‘Such a large-scale expansion would be bound to provoke opposition from countryside groups and local residents.’
    • ‘God is thus responsible for bringing into being the large-scale structure of the universe.’
    • ‘Three large-scale agricultural schemes, launched by private companies, all failed.’
    • ‘The need for a large-scale united level of organizing has now emerged.’
    • ‘China is undertaking a large-scale legal reform ranging from courts and lawyers to every perspective.’
    • ‘Due to globalisation, closures and large-scale retrenchments are taking place.’
    extensive, wide-reaching, wide-ranging, sweeping, broad, far-reaching, wholesale, comprehensive, exhaustive, expansive, mass, nationwide, global, universal
    enlarged, blown-up, magnified
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  • 2(of a map or model) made to a scale large enough to show certain features in detail.

    • ‘The only skills needed are to be able to read a large-scale map and to be able to recognise the common water birds likely to be seen along these rivers.’
    • ‘This is a large-scale map to start the listener off on explorations of their own.’

Pronunciation

large-scale

/ˈlɑrdʒ ˈˌskeɪl//ˈlärj ˈˌskāl/