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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.
adj. larg•er, larg•est,
n., adv. adj.
big large great
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.
When you are describing amounts, you usually use large.
Don't use 'big' to describe amounts. Don't say, for example, 'She made a very big amount of money'.
When you are describing feelings or reactions, you usually use great.
Don't use 'large' to describe feelings or reactions.
Don't use 'large' to describe a problem or danger.
Great is used to say that a person or place is important or famous.
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.
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, minusculeThough 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, littleThe 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, greatHe 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...farmers who own vast stretches of land....an immense cloud of smoke.Britain faces a gigantic problem over the disease.There has been a colossal waste of public money.
|Noun||1.||large - 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 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"|
|2.||large - fairly large or important in effect; influential; "played a large role in the negotiations"|
|3.||large - 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 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 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 manner; "he talked big all evening"|
big little, small, minute, short, tiny, slight, slim, slender, inconsiderable, infinitesimal
massive little, small, minute, tiny, inconsiderable, infinitesimal
plentiful scarce, sparse, scanty
a large room → una gran habitación, una habitación grande
in large doses the toxin is fatal → en grandes dosis, la toxina es mortal
he has very large feet → tiene unos pies muy grandes
do you have (it in) a larger size? → ¿lo tiene en una talla más grande?
by and large → en general
to grow larger → crecer
as large as life → en carne y hueso, en persona
he was a larger-than-life character → era una persona que se salía de lo corriente
the central character is a larger-than-life, cantankerous Italian → el personaje principal es un italiano exuberante y cascarrabias
to make larger → hacer más grande; [+ premises etc] → ampliar, ensanchar
in large part → en gran parte
see also extent 3
see also measure A6
a large group of people → un grupo numeroso or grande de personas
a large crowd had gathered → se había formado un gran gentío
a large number of them → un gran número de ellos
large numbers of people came → vinieron muchísimas personas, vinieron gran número de personas
a large proportion of → una gran proporción de
a large quantity of → una gran cantidad de
see loom 2 2
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
He was a large man with enormous hands → C'était un homme de forte corpulence aux mains énormes.
the world at large → l'ensemble du monde
the community at large → l'ensemble de la communauté
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
the world at large → il mondo nel complesso