Definition of large adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//lɑːdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɑːrdʒ//
    (larger, largest)
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  1. 1  big in size or quantity a large area/family/house/car/appetite a large number of people very large sums of money He's a very large child for his age. A large proportion of old people live alone. Women usually do the larger share of the housework. Brazil is the world's largest producer of coffee. Who's the rather large (= fat) lady in the hat?
  2. 2  (abbreviation L) used to describe one size in a range of sizes of clothes, food, products used in the house, etc. small, medium, large
  3. 3  wide in range and involving many things a large and complex issue Some drugs are being used on a much larger scale than previously. If we look at the larger picture of the situation, the differences seem slight. Which Word?big / large / greatThese adjectives are frequently used with the following nouns: big man/​house/​car/​boy/​dog/​smile/​problem/​surprise/​question/​difference large numbers/​part/​area/​room/​company/​eyes/​family/​volume/​population/​problem great success/​majority/​interest/​importance/​difficulty/​problem/​pleasure/​beauty/​artist/​surprise Large is more formal than big and should be used in writing unless it is in an informal style. It is not usually used to describe people, except to avoid saying ‘fat’. Great often suggests quality and not just size. Note also the phrases:a large amount of a large number of a large quantity of a great deal of in great detail a person of great age.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘liberal in giving, lavish, ample in quantity’): via Old French from Latin larga, feminine of largus ‘copious’.Extra examples By this time his debt had become extremely large. His eyes were abnormally large. Isn’t that jumper rather large? Our house was not overly large. Some of the clothes looked very large. The issue looms large in political campaigns nationwide. The plant had grown quite large. The universe is infinitely large. a huge chair behind an equally large desk the increasingly large numbers of senior citizens Brazil is the world’s largest producer of coffee. I grew up in a large family. It’s better value if you buy a large box. There were some very large sums of money involved. Who is the rather large lady in the hat? Would you like small, medium or large?Idioms
    1. 1(used after a noun) as a whole; in general the opinion of the public at large
    2. 2(of a dangerous person or animal) not captured; free Her killer is still at large.
    used when you are saying something that is generally, but not completely, true By and large, I enjoyed my time at school. (British English, slang) to enjoy yourself, especially by dancing and drinking alcohol
    in large part, in large measure
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    (formal) to a great extent Their success is due in large part to their determination.
    (humorous) used to show surprise at seeing somebody/something I hadn’t seen her for fifteen years and then there she was, (as) large as life. looking or behaving in a way that is more interesting or exciting than other people, and so is likely to attract attention synonym flamboyant He's a larger than life character. to be worrying or frightening and seem hard to avoid The prospect of war loomed large.
    1. 1easy to see or understand Mistrust was writ large on her face.
    2. 2(used after a noun) being a large or obvious example of the thing mentioned This is deception writ large.