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ma·jor

 (mā′jər)
adj.
1. Greater than others in importance or rank: a major artist.
2. Great in scope or effect: a major improvement.
3. Great in number, size, or extent: the major portion of the population.
4. Requiring great attention or concern; very serious: a major illness.
5. Law Legally recognized as having reached the age of adulthood.
6. Of or relating to the field of academic study in which a student specializes.
7. Music
a. Designating a scale or mode having half steps between the third and fourth and the seventh and eighth degrees.
b. Equivalent to the distance between the tonic note and the second or third or sixth or seventh degrees of a major scale or mode: a major interval.
c. Based on a major scale: a major key.
n.
1.
a. A commissioned rank in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above captain and below lieutenant colonel.
b. One who holds this rank.
2. One that is superior in rank, importance, or ability: an oil-producing country considered as one of the majors.
3. Law One recognized by the law as having reached the age of adulthood.
4.
a. A field of study chosen as an academic specialty.
b. A student specializing in such studies: a linguistics major.
5. Logic
a. A major premise.
b. A major term.
6. Music
a. A major scale, key, interval, or mode.
b. A chord containing a major third between the first and second notes and a minor third between the second and third notes.
7. majors Sports The major leagues.
intr.v. ma·jored, ma·jor·ing, ma·jors
To pursue academic studies in a major: majoring in mathematics.

[Middle English majour, from Latin māior; see meg- in Indo-European roots.]

major

(ˈmeɪdʒə)
n
1. (Military) military an officer immediately junior to a lieutenant colonel
2. a person who is superior in a group or class
3. (Commerce) a large or important company: the oil majors.
4. a large or important company: the oil majors.
5. (Music, other) (often preceded by the) music a major key, chord, mode, or scale
6. (Education)
a. the principal field of study of a student at a university, etc: his major is sociology.
b. a student who is studying a particular subject as his principal field: a sociology major.
7. (Law) a person who has reached the age of legal majority
8. (Logic) logic a major term or premise
9. (Film) a principal or important record company, film company, etc
10. (General Sporting Terms) the majors (plural) US and Canadian the major leagues
adj
11. larger in extent, number, etc: the major part.
12. of greater importance or priority
13. very serious or significant: a major disaster.
14. main, chief, or principal
15. of, involving, or making up a majority
16. (Music, other) music
a. (of a scale or mode) having notes separated by the interval of a whole tone, except for the third and fourth degrees, and seventh and eighth degrees, which are separated by a semitone
b. relating to or employing notes from the major scale: a major key.
c. (postpositive) denoting a specified key or scale as being major: C major.
d. denoting a chord or triad having a major third above the root
e. (in jazz) denoting a major chord with a major seventh added above the root
17. (Logic) logic constituting the major term or major premise of a syllogism
18. (Education) chiefly US and Canadian and Austral and NZ of or relating to a student's principal field of study at a university, etc
19. (Education) archaic Brit the elder: used after a schoolboy's surname if he has one or more younger brothers in the same school: Price major.
20. (Law) of full legal age
21. (Music, other) (postpositive) bell-ringing of, relating to, or denoting a method rung on eight bells
vb
22. (Education) (usually foll by: in) US and Canadian and Austral and NZ to do one's principal study (in a particular subject): to major in English literature.
23. (usually foll by: on) to take or deal with as the main area of interest: the book majors on the peasant dishes.
[C15 (adj): from Latin, comparative of magnus great; C17 (n, in military sense): from French, short for sergeant major]
ˈmajorship n

Major

(ˈmeɪdʒə)
n
(Biography) Sir John. born 1943, British Conservative politician: Chancellor of the Exchequer (1989–90); prime minister (1990–97)

ma•jor

(ˈmeɪ dʒər)

n.
1. a commissioned military officer ranking below a lieutenant colonel and above a captain.
2. one of superior rank, ability, or power in a specified class.
3.
a. field of study in which a student specializes.
b. a student specializing in such a field: a history major.
4. a person of full legal age.
5. a major musical interval, chord, or scale.
6. the majors, the major leagues.
adj.
7. greater in size, extent, or amount: a major part.
8. greater in rank or importance: a major talent.
9. of great risk; serious: a major operation.
10. of or pertaining to a majority.
11. of full legal age.
12. Music.
a. (of an interval) being between the tonic and the second, third, sixth, or seventh degrees of a major scale: a major third.
b. (of a chord) having a major third between the root and the note next above it.
c. based on a major scale: a major key.
13. pertaining to the subject in which a student specializes.
v.i.
14. to follow an academic major: majoring in physics.
[1350–1400; < Anglo-French < Latin major, comp. of magnus large (compare majesty)]
syn: See capital1.

major


Past participle: majored
Gerund: majoring

Imperative
major
major
Present
I major
you major
he/she/it majors
we major
you major
they major
Preterite
I majored
you majored
he/she/it majored
we majored
you majored
they majored
Present Continuous
I am majoring
you are majoring
he/she/it is majoring
we are majoring
you are majoring
they are majoring
Present Perfect
I have majored
you have majored
he/she/it has majored
we have majored
you have majored
they have majored
Past Continuous
I was majoring
you were majoring
he/she/it was majoring
we were majoring
you were majoring
they were majoring
Past Perfect
I had majored
you had majored
he/she/it had majored
we had majored
you had majored
they had majored
Future
I will major
you will major
he/she/it will major
we will major
you will major
they will major
Future Perfect
I will have majored
you will have majored
he/she/it will have majored
we will have majored
you will have majored
they will have majored
Future Continuous
I will be majoring
you will be majoring
he/she/it will be majoring
we will be majoring
you will be majoring
they will be majoring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been majoring
you have been majoring
he/she/it has been majoring
we have been majoring
you have been majoring
they have been majoring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been majoring
you will have been majoring
he/she/it will have been majoring
we will have been majoring
you will have been majoring
they will have been majoring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been majoring
you had been majoring
he/she/it had been majoring
we had been majoring
you had been majoring
they had been majoring
Conditional
I would major
you would major
he/she/it would major
we would major
you would major
they would major
Past Conditional
I would have majored
you would have majored
he/she/it would have majored
we would have majored
you would have majored
they would have majored

major

A field of study that a student specializes in, or a student that is specializing in a particular field. To major in something is to study it as a specialty.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.major - a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marinesmajor - a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
commissioned military officer - a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marine Corps
2.Major - British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943)
3.major - a university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject; "she is a linguistics major"
educatee, pupil, student - a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution
4.major - the principal field of study of a student at a universitymajor - the principal field of study of a student at a university; "her major is linguistics"
discipline, field of study, subject area, subject field, bailiwick, subject, field, study - a branch of knowledge; "in what discipline is his doctorate?"; "teachers should be well trained in their subject"; "anthropology is the study of human beings"
Verb1.major - have as one's principal field of study; "She is majoring in linguistics"
study - be a student; follow a course of study; be enrolled at an institute of learning
Adj.1.major - of greater importance or stature or rankmajor - of greater importance or stature or rank; "a major artist"; "a major role"; "major highways"
minor - of lesser importance or stature or rank; "a minor poet"; "had a minor part in the play"; "a minor official"; "many of these hardy adventurers were minor noblemen"; "minor back roads"
2.major - greater in scope or effect; "a major contribution"; "a major improvement"; "a major break with tradition"; "a major misunderstanding"
minor - lesser in scope or effect; "had minor differences"; "a minor disturbance"
3.major - greater in number or size or amount; "a major portion (a majority) of the population"; "Ursa Major"; "a major portion of the winnings"
minor - inferior in number or size or amount; "a minor share of the profits"; "Ursa Minor"
4.major - of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes; "his major field was mathematics"
minor - of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization
5.major - of a scale or modemajor - of a scale or mode; "major scales"; "the key of D major"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
minor - of a scale or mode; "the minor keys"; "in B flat minor"
6.major - of greater seriousness or danger; "a major earthquake"; "a major hurricane"; "a major illness"
minor - of lesser seriousness or danger; "suffered only minor injuries"; "some minor flooding"; "a minor tropical disturbance"
7.major - of full legal age
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
nonaged, underage, minor - not of legal age; "minor children"
8.major - of the elder of two boys with the same family name; "Jones major"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
senior - older; higher in rank; longer in length of tenure or service; "senior officer"

major

adjective
1. important, vital, critical, significant, great, serious, radical, crucial, outstanding, grave, extensive, notable, weighty, pre-eminent Exercise has a major part to play in combating disease.
2. main, higher, greater, bigger, lead, leading, head, larger, better, chief, senior, supreme, superior, elder, uppermost We heard extracts from three of his major works.
main smaller, minor, secondary, lesser, subordinate, auxiliary
3. significant, big, key, sweeping, substantial Drug abuse has long been a major problem here.
significant trivial, insignificant, unimportant, inconsequential
4. complicated, difficult, serious, radical The removal of a small lump turned out to be major surgery.

major

adjective
1. Being among the leaders in one's field:
2. Most important, influential, or significant:
Translations
أَسَاسِيّالمَوضوع الرَّئيسي في التَّخَصُّصرائِد: رُتْبَه عَسْكَرِيَّهعَظيم، كَبير، رَئيسييَتَخَصَّص في موضوع رئيسي
hlavníhlavní zaměřenímajorspecializovat sevelký
storvigtighave ... som hovedfaghovedfagmajor
tärkein
veći
fõtantárgyfõtantárgynak választőrnagyszaktárgy
majórmikill, helstur, aîal-; mikilfenglegur
大きい方の
중요한
didesnisgenerolas majorasmajoraspagrindinis specializacijos dalykaspilnametystė
lielākaismajorsnozīmīgākaisspecializeties studiju priekšmetastudiju specializacijas priekšmets
hlavný študijný odbormajor
majornajpomembnejši
större
สำคัญ
büyükmezun olunan dalana dalbelirtilen dalda eğitim görmekbinbaşı
chủ yếu

major

[ˈmeɪdʒəʳ]
A. ADJ
1. (= large, important) [city, company] → muy importante; [change, role] → fundamental, muy importante; [factor] → clave, muy importante, fundamental; [problem] → serio, grave; [worry] → enorme; [breakthrough] → de enorme importancia
the result was a major blow to the governmentel resultado fue un duro golpe para el gobierno
it is a major cause of deathcausa un enorme número de muertes
to be a major factor in sthser un factor clave or muy importante or fundamental en algo
of major importancede la mayor importancia
three major issues remained unresolvedquedaron sin resolver tres temas fundamentales or tres temas de enorme importancia
the major issues which affect our liveslas principales cuestiones que afectan nuestras vidas, las cuestiones de mayor importancia or más importantes que afectan nuestras vidas
nothing major has happenedno ha pasado nada de importancia
a hysterectomy is a major operationla histerectomía es una operación seria or grave
getting him off to school is a major operation > (hum) → llevarlo al colegio es una operación a gran escala (hum)
this represents a major step forwardesto representa un enorme paso hacia delante
he is recovering after major surgeryse está recuperando de una operación seria or grave
2. (= principal) [cities, political parties] → más importante
Brazil's major citieslas ciudades más importantes de Brasil
our major concern is the welfare of the hostagesnuestra principal preocupación es el bienestar de los rehenes
3. (Mus) [chord, key] → mayor
C majordo mayor
4. (Brit) (Scol) (o.f.) Jones MajorJones el mayor
B. N
1. (Mil) → comandante m, mayor m (LAm)
2. (US) (Univ)
2.1. (= subject) → asignatura f principal
2.2. (= student) he's a Spanish majorestudia español como asignatura principal
3. (US) (Baseball) the majorslas grandes ligas
C. VI to major in sth (US) (Univ) → especializarse en algo
D. CPD major general N (Mil) → general m de división
major league N (US) → liga f principal
see also major-league major suit N (Bridge) → palo m mayor

major

[ˈmeɪdʒər]
n
(MILITARY)commandant m
(US) (UNIVERSITY) a history major → un étudiant en histoire (qui se spécialise dans cette matière)
adj
(= important) [factor, part] → important(e); [role] → principal(e)
(= big) [city, problem, change] → majeur(e)
a major problem → un problème majeur
a major operation, major surgery → une grosse opération
a major new advertising campaign → une nouvelle campagne de publicité d'envergure
(MUSIC)majeur(e)
in C major → en do majeur
vi (US) to major in sth [+ subject] → se spécialiser en qch

major

adj
Haupt-; (= of great importance)bedeutend; cause, factorwesentlich; incidentschwerwiegend, schwer wiegend; part, rolegroß, führend; (Pol) partygroß, führend; (= of great extent)groß; a major roadeine Hauptverkehrsstraße; a major factor in our decision/his defeatein wesentlicher Faktor bei unserem Entschluss/seiner Niederlage; a major poetein bedeutender Dichter; Sapporo, the major city on HokkaidoSapporo, die wichtigste Stadt auf Hokkaido; matters of major interestAngelegenheiten plvon großem or größerem Interesse; of major importancevon großer or größerer Bedeutung; a major operationeine größere Operation; a major work of artein bedeutendes Kunstwerk
(Mus) → Dur-; major chordDurakkord m; major keyDurtonart f; major scaleDurtonleiter f; A majorA-Dur nt; A flat majorAs-Dur nt; G sharp majorGis-Dur nt; major thirdgroße Terz
Jenkins MajorJenkins der Ältere
n
(Mil) → Major(in) m(f)
(Mus) → Dur nt; in the majorin Dur
(Jur) to become a majorvolljährig or mündig werden
(US: = subject) → Hauptfach nt; he’s a psychology majorPsychologie ist/war sein Hauptfach
vi (US) to major in FrenchFranzösisch als Hauptfach studieren, das Examen mit Französisch im Hauptfach ablegen

major

:
major league
n (= US Sport) → oberste Spielklasse
major-league
adj attr (= US Sport) football, baseball etcder obersten Spielklasse
major premise
nerste Prämisse, Obersatz m

major

[ˈmeɪdʒəʳ]
1. adj (greater, also) (Math, Mus) → maggiore; (in importance) → principale, importante; (repairs) → grosso/a, sostanziale; (disaster, loss) → grave; (interest, artist, success) → grande
a major operation (Med) → un complesso intervento chirurgico (undertaking) → un'operazione considerevole
major road → strada con diritto di precedenza
2. n
a. (Mil) → maggiore m
b. (Law) → maggiorenne m/f
c. (Am) (Univ) → materia di specializzazione
3. vi (Am) (Univ) to major (in)specializzarsi (in)

major

(ˈmeidʒə) adjective
great, or greater, in size, importance etc. major and minor roads; a major discovery.
noun
1. (often abbreviated to Maj. when written) the rank next below lieutenant-colonel.
2. (American) the subject in which you specialize at college or university. a major in physics; Her major is psychology.
verb
(with in) (American) to study a certain subject in which you specialize at college or university. She is majoring in philosophy.
maˈjority (məˈdʒo-) plural maˈjorities noun
1. the greater number. the majority of people.
2. the difference between a greater and a smaller number. The Democratic Party won by/with a majority of six hundred votes.
ˌmajor-ˈgeneral noun
(often abbreviated to Maj.-Gen. when written) in the British army, (a person of) the rank next below lieutenant-general.
the age of majority
legal adulthood (in Britain, eighteen years of age). He has not yet reached the age of majority.

major

أَسَاسِيّ hlavní stor bedeutend μείζων muy importante tärkein majeur veći importante 大きい方の 중요한 groot betydelig główny principal основной större สำคัญ büyük chủ yếu 主要的

major

adj (anat, surgery) mayor
References in classic literature ?
Major Lincoln asked who `the fresh little girl with the beautiful eyes' was, and Mr.
And now if we can find the idol of gold our search will be ended--at least the major part of it.
The Cutters had major as well as minor subjects for dispute.
Will you not speak to him, Major Heyward, that I may hear his tones?
The Indians continued their hostilities; and, about the tenth of August following, two boys were taken from Major Hoy's station.
Many dismal tales were told about funeral trains, and mourning cries and wailings heard and seen about the great tree where the unfortunate Major Andre was taken, and which stood in the neighborhood.
He got up and played his hand like a major -- and took every trick.
When Cathy first arrived - it was in the forenoon - Buffalo Bill was away, carrying orders to Major Fuller, at Five Forks, up in the Clayton Hills.
Some of the minor prophesies have come true; some of the minor and some of the major ones have not been fulfilled yet, and of course may never be: still, I should be more surprised if they failed to arrive than if they didn't.
Petersburg could boast; the bent and venerable Major and Mrs.
One of Andrew's superior officers -- a certain Major Kirke, if I remember right -found him in his quarters, writing to his father a confession of the disgraceful truth, with a loaded pistol by his side.
My object, when the contest within myself between stipend and no stipend, baker and no baker, existence and non-existence, ceased, was to take advantage of my opportunities to discover and expose the major malpractices committed, to that gentleman's grievous wrong and injury, by - HEEP.