Meaning of LARGE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ lɑ:(r)dʒ ]

( larger, largest)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


A large thing or person is greater in size than usual or average.

The Pike lives mainly in large rivers and lakes...

In the largest room about a dozen children and seven adults are sitting on the carpet...

He was a large man with thick dark hair.

= big

≠ small



A large amount or number of people or things is more than the average amount or number.

The gang finally fled with a large amount of cash and jewellery...

There are a large number of centres where you can take full-time courses...

The figures involved are truly very large.

≠ small



A large organization or business does a lot of work or commercial activity and employs a lot of people.

...a large company in Chicago...

Many large organizations run courses for their employees.

= big

≠ small



Large is used to indicate that a problem or issue which is being discussed is very important or serious.

...the already large problem of under-age drinking...

There’s a very large question about the viability of the newspaper.

= serious

ADJ : usu ADJ n


You use at large to indicate that you are talking in a general way about most of the people mentioned.

I think the chances of getting reforms accepted by the community at large remain extremely remote...

= in general



If you say that a dangerous person, thing, or animal is at large , you mean that they have not been captured or made safe.

The man who tried to have her killed is still at large.

= free

PHRASE : v-link PHR


You use by and large to indicate that a statement is mostly but not completely true.

By and large, the papers greet the government’s new policy document with a certain amount of scepticism.

= on the whole

PHRASE : PHR with cl


to a large extent: see extent

larger than life: see life

in large measure: see measure

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