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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.
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).
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.
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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1. having a relatively great size, quantity, extent, etc; big
2. of wide or broad scope, capacity, or range; comprehensive: a large effect.
3. having or showing great breadth of understanding: a large heart.
4. (Nautical Terms) nautical (of the wind) blowing from a favourable direction
5. rare overblown; pretentious
6. generous
7. obsolete (of manners and speech) gross; rude
8. at large
a. (esp of a dangerous criminal or wild animal) free; not confined
b. roaming freely, as in a foreign country
c. as a whole; in general
d. in full detail; exhaustively
e. ambassador-at-large See ambassador4
9. in large in the large as a totality or on a broad scale
10. (Nautical Terms) nautical with the wind blowing from a favourable direction
11. by and large
a. (sentence modifier) generally; as a rule: by and large, the man is the breadwinner.
b. nautical towards and away from the wind
12. loom large to be very prominent or important
[C12 (originally: generous): via Old French from Latin largus ample, abundant]
ˈlargeness n
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adj. larg•er, larg•est,
n., adv. adj.
1. of more than average size, quantity, degree, etc.; big; great: a large house.
2. on a great scale: a large producer of kitchen equipment.
3. of great scope or range; extensive; broad: a large variety of interests.
4. grand or pompous: large talk.
5. Naut. free (def. 29).
6. Obs. generous; bountiful; lavish.
7. Obs. unrestrained in behavior or in the use of language.
a. a size of garments for persons who are heavier or broader than average.
b. a garment in this size.
9. Obs. generosity; bounty.
10. Naut. with the wind free or abaft the beam so that all sails draw fully.
at large,
a. not incarcerated; free.
b. broadly and inclusively; at length.
c. as a whole; in general.
d. Also at-large. representing the whole of a political division or similar body rather than one part of it.
[1125–75; Middle English < Old French < Latin larga, feminine of largus ample, generous]
large′ness, n.
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Big, large, and great are used to talk about size. They can all be used in front of countable nouns, but only great can be used in front of uncountable nouns.

1. describing objects

Big, large, and great can all be used to describe objects. Big is the word you usually use in conversation. Large is more formal. Great is used in stories to show that something is very impressive because of its size.

'Where is Mark?' – 'Over there, by that big tree.'
The driver swerved to avoid a large tree.
A great tree had fallen across the river.
2. describing amounts

When you are describing amounts, you usually use large.

She made a very large amount of money.
They export large quantities of corn.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'big' to describe amounts. Don't say, for example, 'She made a very big amount of money'.

3. describing feelings

When you are describing feelings or reactions, you usually use great.

He has great hopes for the future.
It was a great relief when we finally got home.

When surprise is a countable noun, you can use either big or great in front of it.

The announcement was a big surprise.
It will be no great surprise if Ryan wins.

Don't use 'large' to describe feelings or reactions.

4. describing problems

When you are describing a problem or danger, you use big or great.

The biggest problem at the moment is unemployment.
Many species are in great danger.

Don't use 'large' to describe a problem or danger.

5. showing importance

Great is used to say that a person or place is important or famous.

He was one of the greatest engineers of this century.
We visited the great cities of Europe.
6. used with other adjectives

In conversation, you can use great and big together in order to emphasize the size of something. You always put great first.

There was a great big hole in the road.

Be Careful!
You can say that someone is in great pain, but you don't usually use 'big', 'large', or 'great' to describe an illness. Instead you use adjectives such as bad, terrible, or severe.

He's off work with a bad cold.
I started getting terrible headaches.



The following adjectives are used to indicate how small or large something is. They are arranged from 'smallest' to 'largest'.

  • microscopic, infinitesimal
    ...microscopic fibres of protein.
    ...mineral substances present in infinitesimal amounts in the soil.
  • tiny, minute, miniature, diminutive, minuscule
    Though she was tiny, she had a very loud voice.
    Only a minute amount is needed.
    He looked like a miniature version of his handsome and elegant big brother.
    She noticed a diminutive figure standing at the entrance.
    Rolls Royce are still British-owned their sales are miniscule.
  • small, little
    The window was far too small for him to get through.
    We sat around a little table, eating and drinking wine.
  • medium-sized, average-sized
    ...a medium-sized saucepan.
    Most average-sized women just aren't born to be ultra tiny.
  • large, big, great
    He was a large man with thick dark hair.
    The car was too big to fit into our garage.
    ...a great hall as long and high as a church.
  • huge, enormous, massive
    ...a tiny little woman with huge black glasses.
    The main bedroom is enormous.
    There was evidence of massive fraud.
  • vast, immense, gigantic, colossal who own vast stretches of land. immense cloud of smoke.
    Britain faces a gigantic problem over the disease.
    There has been a colossal waste of public money.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.large - a garment size for a large personlarge - a garment size for a large person  
size - the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing); "he wears a size 13 shoe"
Adj.1.large - above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extentlarge - above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a large city"; "set out for the big city"; "a large sum"; "a big (or large) barn"; "a large family"; "big businesses"; "a big expenditure"; "a large number of newspapers"; "a big group of scientists"; "large areas of the world"
little, small - limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"
2.large - fairly large or important in effect; influential; "played a large role in the negotiations"
significant, important - important in effect or meaning; "a significant change in tax laws"; "a significant change in the Constitution"; "a significant contribution"; "significant details"; "statistically significant"
3.large - ostentatiously lofty in stylelarge - ostentatiously lofty in style; "a man given to large talk"; "tumid political prose"
rhetorical - given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought; "mere rhetorical frippery"
4.large - generous and understanding and tolerant; "a heart big enough to hold no grudges"; "that's very big of you to be so forgiving"; "a large and generous spirit"; "a large heart"; "magnanimous toward his enemies"
generous - not petty in character and mind; "unusually generous in his judgment of people"
5.large - conspicuous in position or importancelarge - conspicuous in position or importance; "a big figure in the movement"; "big man on campus"; "he's very large in financial circles"; "a prominent citizen"
conspicuous - obvious to the eye or mind; "a tower conspicuous at a great distance"; "wore conspicuous neckties"; "made herself conspicuous by her exhibitionistic preening"
6.large - having broad power and range and scope; "taking the large view"; "a large effect"; "a large sympathy"
comprehensive - including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"
7.large - in an advanced stage of pregnancylarge - in an advanced stage of pregnancy; "was big with child"; "was great with child"
pregnant - carrying developing offspring within the body or being about to produce new life
Adv.1.large - at a distance, wide of something (as of a mark)
2.large - with the wind abaft the beam; "a ship sailing large"
3.large - in a boastful mannerlarge - in a boastful manner; "he talked big all evening"
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1. big, great, huge, heavy, giant, massive, vast, enormous, tall, considerable, substantial, strapping, immense (informal), hefty, gigantic, monumental, bulky, chunky, burly, colossal, hulking, goodly, man-size, brawny, elephantine, thickset, ginormous (informal), humongous or humungous (U.S. slang), sizable or sizeable He was a large man with a thick square head.
big little, small, minute, short, tiny, slight, slim, slender, inconsiderable, infinitesimal
2. massive, great, big, huge, giant, vast, enormous, considerable, substantial, immense, tidy (informal), jumbo (informal), gigantic, monumental, mammoth, colossal, gargantuan, stellar (informal), king-size, ginormous (informal), humongous or humungous (U.S. slang), sizable or sizeable In a large room about a dozen children are sitting on the carpet.
massive little, small, minute, tiny, inconsiderable, infinitesimal
3. plentiful, full, grand, liberal, sweeping, broad, comprehensive, extensive, generous, lavish, ample, spacious, abundant, grandiose, copious, roomy, bountiful, capacious, profuse The gang finally left with a large amount of cash and jewellery.
plentiful scarce, sparse, scanty
4. serious, important, difficult, worrying, pressing, deep, significant, crucial, urgent, far-reaching, momentous, weighty, of moment or consequence the already large problem of under-age drinking
at large
5. in general, generally, chiefly, mainly, as a whole, in the main The public at large does not seem to want any change.
6. free, roaming, on the run, fugitive, at liberty, on the loose, unchained, unconfined The man who tried to have her killed is still at large.
by and large on the whole, generally, mostly, in general, all things considered, predominantly, in the main, for the most part, all in all, as a rule, taking everything into consideration By and large, the papers greet the government's new policy with scepticism.
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A. ADJ (larger (compar) (largest (superl)))
1. (in size) [house, object, organization] → grande; [person] → corpulento; [area] → grande, extenso
a large roomuna gran habitación, una habitación grande
in large doses the toxin is fatalen grandes dosis, la toxina es mortal
he has very large feettiene unos pies muy grandes
do you have (it in) a larger size?¿lo tiene en una talla más grande?
by and largeen general
to grow largercrecer
as large as lifeen carne y hueso, en persona
he was a larger-than-life characterera una persona que se salía de lo corriente
the central character is a larger-than-life, cantankerous Italianel personaje principal es un italiano exuberante y cascarrabias
to make largerhacer más grande; [+ premises etc] → ampliar, ensanchar
in large parten gran parte
see also extent 3
see also measure A6
2. (in number) [family, group, army] → numeroso, grande; [sum, amount] → grande, importante
a large group of peopleun grupo numeroso or grande de personas
a large crowd had gatheredse había formado un gran gentío
a large number of themun gran número de ellos
large numbers of people camevinieron muchísimas personas, vinieron gran número de personas
a large proportion ofuna gran proporción de
a large quantity ofuna gran cantidad de
3. (Comm) → de tamaño grande
"large" (on clothing label) → grande; (on food packet, washing powder, etc) → tamaño familiar
a dozen large envelopesuna docena de sobres de tamaño grande GREAT, BIG, LARGE
B. N
at large
1. (= in general) the country/society at largeel país/la sociedad en general
2. (= on the loose) to be at large [dangerous person, animal] → andar suelto
see loom 2 2
D. CPD the large intestine N (Anat) → el intestino grueso
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[ˈlɑːrdʒ] adj
(gen) [amount, quantity, group, area, family, company, house] → grand(e); [animal] → gros(grosse)
a large house → une grande maison
a large dog → un gros chien
a large number → un grand nombre
a large number of people → un grand nombre de personnes
on a large scale → sur une grande échelle
a large sum of money → une grosse somme d'argent
to make sth larger → agrandir qch
[man, woman] → de forte corpulence
He was a large man with enormous hands → C'était un homme de forte corpulence aux mains énormes.
by and large adven général
at large (= as a whole)
the world at large → l'ensemble du monde
the community at large → l'ensemble de la communauté
at large (= on the loose) → en fuite
to be at large → être dans la nature
to remain at large → être toujours recherché(e)large intestine ngros intestin m
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adj (+er)
(= big)groß; personstark, korpulent; mealreichlich, groß; listlang; large printGroßdruck m; “large” (on clothing label) → „Large“; I need a larger sizeich brauche eine größere Größe; he’s a large landownerer ist ein Großgrundbesitzer m; she looks as large as life in that photographsie sieht auf dem Foto aus, wie sie leibt und lebt; there he/it was as large as lifeda war er/es in voller Lebensgröße
(= extensive) interests, powerweitreichend, weit reichend, bedeutend; his interests were on a large scaleer hatte weitreichende or breit gestreute Interessen; taking the large viewglobal betrachtet
advgroß; guilt was written large all over his facedie Schuld stand ihm deutlich im Gesicht geschrieben
at large (= in general)im Großen und Ganzen, im Allgemeinen; people or the world at largedie Allgemeinheit; he wanted to tell his story to the world at largeer wollte der ganzen Welt seine Geschichte erzählen
to be at large (= free)frei herumlaufen
at large (= in detail, at length)ausführlich, lang und breit
strewn at large (= at random)kreuz und quer verstreut; scattering accusations at largemit Anschuldigungen um sich werfend
ambassador at largeSonderbotschafter(in) m(f)
(US inf: = 1000-dollar note) → Riese m (inf); 50 large50 Riesen pl (inf)


adj bookin Großdruck; large editionGroßdruckausgabe f
adjgroß angelegt; reception, party, changesin großem Rahmen; a large producer of foodein Großhersteller mvon Nahrungsmitteln; large production (Ind) → Massenproduktion f; large unrestMassenaufruhr m, → Massenunruhen pl; a large mapeine (Land)karte in großem Maßstab; large integration (Comput) → Großintegration f
large screen
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1. adj (-r (comp) (-st (superl))) (gen) → grande; (item of clothing) → di taglia grande; (garden, room) → grande, ampio/a; (person) → grande e grosso/a; (animal) → grosso/a; (sum, loss) → grosso/a, ingente; (family, population) → numeroso/a; (meal) → lauto/a
a large number of people → molta gente
we had a large meal → abbiamo mangiato tanto
on a large scale → su vasta scala
as large as life → in carne e ossa
larger than life → portato/a all'estremo
to grow large(r) → ingrandirsi
to make large(r) → ingrandire
2. n at large (criminal, dangerous animal) → in libertà; (generally) → in generale, nell'insieme
the world at large → il mondo nel complesso
3. adv by and largegeneralmente
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(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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كَبِيرٌ velký stor groß ευμεγέθης grande suuri grand velik grande 大きい groot stor wielki grande большой stor ใหญ่ büyük rộng lớn 大的
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a. grande, grueso-a, abultado-a;
___ intestineintestino grueso;
___ residualsresiduales ___s.
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adj grande
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