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large

(lärj)
adj. larg·er, larg·est
1. Of greater than average size, extent, quantity, or amount; big.
2. Of greater than average scope, breadth, or capacity; comprehensive.
3. Important; significant: had a large role in the negotiations; a large producer of paper goods.
4.
a. Understanding and tolerant; liberal: a large and generous spirit.
b. Of great magnitude or intensity; grand: "a rigid resistance to the large emotions" (Stephen Koch).
5.
a. Pretentious; boastful. Used of speech or manners.
b. Obsolete Gross; coarse. Used of speech or language.
6. Nautical Favorable. Used of a wind.
n. pl. large
Slang A thousand dollars: bought a speedboat for 50 large.
Idioms:
at large
1. Not in confinement or captivity; at liberty: a convict still at large.
2. As a whole; in general: the country at large.
3. Representing a nation, state, or district as a whole. Often used in combination: councilor-at-large.
4. Not assigned to a particular country. Often used in combination: ambassador-at-large.
5. At length; copiously.
live large
To indulge freely in a luxury or luxuries: For a few years, the nation lived large on its new-found oil wealth.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin largus, generous.]

large′ness n.
Synonyms: large, big, great
These adjectives mean being notably above the average in size or magnitude: a large sum of money; a big red barn; a great ocean liner.
Antonym: small
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.at large - having escaped, especially from confinementat large - having escaped, especially from confinement; "a convict still at large"; "searching for two escaped prisoners"; "dogs loose on the streets"; "criminals on the loose in the neighborhood"
free - able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint; "free enterprise"; "a free port"; "a free country"; "I have an hour free"; "free will"; "free of racism"; "feel free to stay as long as you wish"; "a free choice"
Adv.1.at large - in a general fashion; "he talked at large about his plans"
Translations
بصورةٍ عامَّهحُر، طَليق
na svoboděvšeobecně
i almindelighed
szabadlábon
almenntsem leikur lausum hala
na slobode
i allmänhetpå fri fot
genel olarakgenelliklekaçmışserbest

large

(ˈlaːdʒ) adjective
great in size, amount etc; not small. a large number of people; a large house; a large family; This house is too large for two people.
ˈlargely adverb
mainly; to a great extent. This success was largely due to her efforts; Our methods have been largely successful.
ˈlargeness noun
at large
1. (of prisoners etc) free. Despite the efforts of the police, the escaped prisoner is still at large.
2. in general. the country / the public at large.
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