noun a garment size for a large person
adjective 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
adjective satellite fairly large or important in effect; influential
- played a large role in the negotiations
adjective satellite ostentatiously lofty in style
tumid; bombastic; orotund; turgid; declamatory.
- a man given to large talk
- tumid political prose
adjective satellite 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
adjective satellite 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
adjective satellite having broad power and range and scope
- taking the large view
- a large effect
- a large sympathy
adjective satellite in an advanced stage of pregnancy
heavy; great; with child; gravid; big; enceinte; expectant.
- was big with child
- was great with child
adverb at a distance, wide of something (as of a mark)
adverb with the wind abaft the beam
adverb in a boastful manner
vauntingly; boastfully; big.
- he talked big all evening
F., fr. L. largus
. Cf. Largo
comparative Larger ; superlative Largest
- Exceeding most other things of like in bulk, capacity, quantity, superficial dimensions, or number of constituent units; big; great; capacious; extensive; -- opposed to small; as, a nlarge horse; a large house or room; a large lake or pool; a large jug or spoon; a large vineyard; a large army; a large city.
✍ For linear dimensions, and mere extent, great, and not large, is used as a qualifying word; as, great length, breadth, depth; a great distance; a great height.
- Abundant; ample; as, a large supply of provisions.
We hare yet large day.
- Full in statement; diffuse; full; profuse.
I might be very large upon the importance and advantages of education.
- Having more than usual power or capacity; having broad sympathies and generous impulses; comprehensive; -- said of the mind and heart.
- Free; unembarrassed. Obs.
Of burdens all he set the Paynims large.
- Unrestrained by decorum; -- said of language. Obs. "Some large jests he will make."
- Prodigal in expending; lavish. Obs.
- (Naut.) Crossing the line of a ship's course in a favorable direction; -- said of the wind when it is abeam, or between the beam and the quarter.
Syn. -- Big; bulky; huge; capacious; comprehensive; ample; abundant; plentiful; populous; copious; diffusive; liberal.
- Freely; licentiously. Obs.
- (Mus.) A musical note, formerly in use, equal to two longs, four breves, or eight semibreves.
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