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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
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largest

adjective
Much more than half:
Translations

larger

, largest
a., comp., sup. of large, más grande; mayor;
the tumor is ___ nowel tumor está más grande ahora.
References in classic literature ?
I've thought a great deal lately about my `bundle of naughties', and being selfish is the largest one in it, so I'm going to try hard to cure it, if I can.
And it is one of the largest of these idols--by name Quitzel--that I am going to seek.
As the credulous and excited traveler related the hazardous chances of the wilderness, the blood of the timid curdled with terror, and mothers cast anxious glances even at those children which slumbered within the security of the largest towns.
In such emergencies Hester's nature showed itself warm and rich -- a well-spring of human tenderness, unfailing to every real demand, and inexhaustible by the largest.
It turned out to be Captain Bildad, who along with Captain Peleg was one of the largest owners of the vessel; the other shares, as is sometimes the case in these ports, being held by a crowd of old annuitants; widows, fatherless children, and chancery wards; each owning about the value of a timber head, or a foot of plank, or a nail or two in the ship.
With one intent all the combined rival boats were pointed for this one fish, because not only was he the largest, and therefore the most valuable whale, but he was nearest to them, and the other whales were going with such great velocity, moreover, as almost to defy pursuit for the time.
Here is a whole class,--debased, uneducated, indolent, provoking,--put, without any sort of terms or conditions, entirely into the hands of such people as the majority in our world are; people who have neither consideration nor self-control, who haven't even an enlightened regard to their own interest,--for that's the case with the largest half of mankind.
It was the largest castle we had seen, and so I thought it might be the one we were after, but Sandy said no.
This time I broke a mirror--there were two in the room--I got the largest one, of course.
Huldah Meserve asked permission to cover the largest holes in the plastered walls with boughs and fill the water pail with wild flowers.
Lying at the wharves, and riding in the stream, I saw many ships of the finest model, in the best order, and of the largest size.
Weston could say of their exactly equal size, that it was a little the largest.