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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.
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