large1 W1S1 [la:dʒ US la:rdʒ] adj comparative larger superlative largest
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: Latin largus]
1.) big in size, amount, or number
≠ ↑small
Los Angeles is the second largest city in the US.
The T-shirt comes in Small, Medium and Large.
a large ovenproof pan
large sums of money
those who drink large amounts of coffee
A large number of students have signed up for the course.
see usage notebig1
2.) a large person is tall and often fat
≠ ↑small
3.) be at large
if a dangerous person or animal is at large, they have escaped from somewhere or have not been caught
The escaped prisoners are still at large.
4.) the population/public/society/world etc at large
people in general
The chemical pollution poses a threat to the population at large.
5.) the larger issues/question/problem/picture
more general facts, situations, or questions related to something
The book helps to explain the larger picture in the Middle East.
6.) in large part/measure
formal mostly
Their success was due in large part to their ability to speak Spanish.
7.) (as) large as life
BrE spoken used when someone has appeared or is present in a place where you did not expect to see them
I turned a corner and there was Joe, as large as life.
8.) larger than life
someone who is larger than life is very amusing or exciting in an attractive way
9.) by and large
used when talking generally about someone or something
Charities, by and large, do not pay tax.
loom large atloom1 (3)
writ large atwrit2
large 2
large2 v
large it (up)
BrE informal to enjoy yourself, especially in a way that involves drinking alcohol, dancing etc
Here's a picture of us larging it up in Brighton last summer.

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