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large
I.adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a big/large budget
▪ The club does not have a large budget for new players.
a big/large demonstration
▪ Opponents of the new law are planning a big demonstration next week.
a big/large exhibition
▪ This is the largest exhibition of its kind that we have ever seen in London.
a big/large meal
▪ We don’t have a big meal at lunchtime, usually just sandwiches.
a big/large reduction
▪ You may have to take a big reduction in salary.
a big/large/generous tip
▪ The service was great and we left a large tip.
a big/large/huge crowd
▪ A big crowd is expected tomorrow for the final match.
a big/large/major city
▪ They have stores in Houston, Dallas, and other big cities.
a big/large/wide gap
▪ There’s a big gap between the two test scores.
a big/large/wide/small mouth
▪ He had a big nose and a big mouth.
▪ Billy’s wide mouth stretched into a grin.
a big/major/large chain
▪ It is one of Europe’s biggest clothing chains.
a considerable/large/enormous etc amount
▪ a considerable amount of money
a high/large dose
▪ High doses of the drug can have bad side effects.
a high/large income
▪ He has a relatively high income.
a large cheque (=for a lot of money)
▪ Sara was delighted to receive a large cheque in the post.
a large collection (also an extensive collectionformal)
▪ The museum has an extensive collection of Greek statues.
a large majority
▪ Parliament voted by a large majority in favour of the ban.
a large minority
▪ A large minority of women feel happier when their husbands leave them.
a large population
▪ California is a big state with a large population.
a large quantity
▪ A large quantity of clothing was stolen from the shop.
a large/big company
▪ She has a senior position in a large manufacturing company.
a large/big firm
▪ He is managing director of a large firm.
a large/big margin
▪ By a large margin, the book sold more copies than any other this year.
a large/big slice
▪ He was eating a large slice of chocolate cake.
a large/considerable etc amount of sth
▪ Her case has attracted an enormous amount of public sympathy.
a large/considerable/substantial sum
▪ He lost a substantial sum of money on the deal.
a large/great number
▪ A large number of children were running around in the playground.
a large/great/huge/vast range
▪ A vast range of plants are used in medicines.
a large/huge etc audience
▪ Messages posted on the Internet can attract a huge audience.
a large/huge/massive rally
▪ Several large rallies were held in December.
a large/large-scale enterprise
▪ The company has grown into a large-scale enterprise that employs hundreds of people.
a large/powerful economy
▪ the world’s two most powerful economies
a large/small family
▪ She came from a large family of seven children.
a large/substantial donation
▪ Substantial donations were made to the Democratic Party.
a large/substantial reward
▪ Despite a substantial reward being offered, the painting has never been found.
a large/substantial/considerable fortune
▪ His father, an oil magnate, amassed a large fortune.
a large/vast/huge empire
▪ The emperor Claudius ruled a vast empire stretching from Persia to Britain.
a large/vast/huge empire
▪ He created a vast financial empire worth billions of dollars.
a major/big/large customer (=who is important and buys a lot)
▪ America is a big customer for Japanese goods.
a small/large community
▪ 75% of the population live in small communities of fewer than 450 people.
a small/large etc patch
▪ Some of the hills still had small patches of snow.
a wide/great/large variety
▪ They hold debates on a wide variety of topics.
a wide/large circle
▪ They now had a wide circle of acquaintances in the area.
a wide/large/big selection
▪ The museum shop offers a wide selection of items.
a wider/broader/larger context (=a more general situation, set of events etc)
▪ It’s important to look at the story in the wider context of medieval Spain.
big/large
▪ The company has announced a big increase in its profits for last year.
big/large
▪ The debts got bigger and bigger.
big/large
▪ I was hungry so I asked for a large portion of french fries.
big/large
▪ This is the biggest earthquake ever recorded in this area.
big/large
▪ There has been a big rise in violent crime.
higher/larger/less etc than normal
▪ The journey took longer than normal.
high/large
▪ A high percentage of our students pass the exam.
high/large/big
▪ The school fees are extremely high.
in large/increasing/limited etc numbers
▪ Birds nest here in large numbers.
large intestine
large print
▪ The book is also available in large print.
large
▪ Temperatures over a large portion of the central and eastern states were well below normal.
large/big
▪ Novaya Zemlja is a large island in the Russian Arctic.
large/thin/slight etc frame
large/wide/extensive
▪ She has a very wide vocabulary.
lose by a large/small etc margin
▪ He lost by only a narrow margin.
medium to large
medium to large companies
on a large scale
▪ This technology has been developed on a large scale in the US.
second largest/most successful etc
▪ Africa’s second highest mountain
slightly higher/lower/better/larger etc
▪ January’s sales were slightly better than average.
small/modest/considerable/large etc outlay
▪ For a relatively small outlay, you can start a home hairdressing business.
somewhat larger/higher/newer etc
▪ The price is somewhat higher than I expected.
the biggest/largest consumer of sth
▪ The US is the world’s biggest oil consumer.
the large size of sth
▪ They are very peaceful fish, despite their large size.
the larger/wider society (=used when comparing a small group of people to society as a whole)
▪ The poor are part of the larger society, and programs must be there to help them.
to a large/great extent (=a large amount)
▪ The materials we use will depend to a large extent on what is available.
twice as high/big/large etc (as sth)
▪ Interest rates are twice as high as those of our competitors.
vast/wide/large etc expanse
▪ the vast expanse of the ocean
win by a large/small etc margin
▪ The party won by a huge margin.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
amount
▪ For toxins or acetaldehyde to produce multiple symptoms, quite large amounts would have to be produced.
▪ The interior minister for Bavaria, Guenther Beckstein, has said that Scientologists are stockpiling large amounts of cyanide and weapons.
▪ A large amount of your time as a manager is almost certainly devoted to meetings, often quite expensive ones.
▪ The reason may well have been the large amount of money involved.
▪ The simple changes reduce the total fat in the diet by quiet a large amount.
▪ Mitt Romney, the former Republican Senate nominee who contributed large amounts of his private fortune to his campaign against Sen.
▪ You will also possess a large amount of information.
▪ But major eruptions involve much larger amounts of energy.
area
▪ Suites of store-rooms occupied a large area of the temple.
▪ In 1970 a large area of bamboo flowered and died resulting in many deaths through starvation in the panda population.
▪ Oil is always particularly alarming since a very small quantity will quickly cover a large area of water with an unmistakable iridescence.
▪ They can not therefore meet the needs of cities that are searching for a method to restrain traffic over large areas.
▪ It will have to serve more people scattered over a larger area.
▪ In fact he had his own office and a considerably larger area of carpet than anyone in Berebury suspected.
▪ Professional television crews, in fact, bring their own power generators with them to enable them to light large areas.
▪ Avoid monoculture: growing large areas of the same crop which then becomes an easy target.
city
▪ All of the other large cities had trends in the same direction, albeit on a less dramatic scale.
▪ In larger cities, ties to the land are less important and homogenizing influences have a greater impact.
▪ Joanne was 4 years old and attended a private nursery in a private housing estate within a large city.
▪ The average suburbanite sees one-tenth as many; in a large city, perhaps 100 are visible.
▪ The main variation on the area theme tends to occur in authorities which are based on a very large city collection.
▪ In the other areas the larger cities and conurbations proved difficult to incorporate in a wider uniform pattern.
▪ He was very comfortable in larger cities.
company
▪ Average salary for managers of large companies is £78,000, plus an £11,000 bonus, and in top concerns £107,000 plus £18,000.
▪ Still others sold out to larger companies.
▪ Bankruptcy for Bond Corporation, which employs 21,000 people worldwide, would represent the largest company failure in world business records.
▪ But such supporters as promotions by large companies might not last for long.
▪ The large company is by definition more difficult to run than the small one.
▪ For example, large companies created ex nihilo, as in joint ventures, have a remarkable tendency to flop.
▪ This enables the relative contributions of small and large companies to be assessed.
▪ I was a manager at a large company, and he was my assistant manager.
extent
▪ To a large extent that ideology looked to the Roman past.
▪ Rather, they are responsible states with undeclared, and to a large extent unproven, nuclear weapons capabilities.
▪ The event to a large extent heralded the return of order and culture.
▪ Foxes became much more wide-ranging in their search for food, since they also depended to a large extent upon rabbits.
▪ To a large extent this is due to the severe restriction on building.
▪ To a large extent this social unrepresentativeness reflects some of the structural inequalities of contemporary society.
▪ To a large extent population changes reflect changes in prosperity and employment opportunities.
family
▪ I come from quite a large family but most of my family live in the same area.
▪ Parents of large families now get priority housing and school registration and subsidized child care services.
▪ There are no ground rules for knowing how to handle these semi-permanent relationships in the context of the larger family circle.
▪ As recently as 1956 the government was offering bonuses for large families.
▪ Robert was one of a large family.
▪ People have to understand, I come from a large, large family.
▪ I.C.B. was interested in our neighbours - particularly a large family that lived upstairs at the time.
▪ And there was the answer - a large family of ants had made its home there!
increase
▪ Each Neighbourhood Office was allocated a half-time under-fives worker post, despite a large increase in workload.
▪ But the general principle seems secure: we must beware of any further large increases in the carbon dioxide level.
▪ Profits rose 17 percent as the company recorded its largest increase in phone traffic in five years.
▪ It is also because improving practice in the area of assessment can be done without requiring large increases in financial resources.
▪ Today, after a large increase in his income, he has extended his consumption to include color television and eccentric loafers.
▪ In addition to the large increases in colonic SCFAs, there were also important changes in the physical properties of the colonic contents.
▪ And this, in turn, produced the exact opposite of what the Carnegie report had predicted-a large increase in compensatory education.
measure
▪ Nevertheless, the organisation as a whole continued to have a large measure of credibility.
▪ It is the steep temperature gradient that makes it possible for us to work black smokers with a large measure of safety.
▪ The one large measure for which they were responsible was the Housing and Town Planning Act 1909.
▪ The bias litigation boom is in large measure traceable to key changes in the Civil Rights Act of 1991.
▪ Charles poured two large measures of Bell's and handed one over.
▪ Viennese modernism thus became in large measure a conservative modernism.
▪ He found the bottle of Southern Comfort and poured himself a large measure.
▪ It involves, in short, a large measure of economic equality.
number
▪ Police and troops searched a large number of houses in the nationalist estate.
▪ This was not a small matter when the Army decided to hire large numbers of civilian workers for the base.
▪ The reports suggest that large numbers are sometimes involved.
▪ However, such schools do seem to attract a large number of religious families.
▪ Fibreglass mock-ups were built to provide the large numbers of aircraft which lined the numerous military bases across Pearl Harbor.
▪ On the other hand, some plants can be crossed very easily so that large numbers of hybrids have been obtained.
▪ There will, in particular, continue to be a large number of dementia sufferers in the geriatric services.
▪ By far the largest number of configurations correspond to emission with a spectrum that is nearly thermal.
numbers
▪ Lacking white skills, disproportionately large numbers are incarcerated in penal institutions, alcohol rehabilitation centres and psychiatric hospitals.
▪ Third world towns and cities contain large numbers of women who may lead lives very different from those of their rural counterparts.
▪ There were larger numbers of Whig and Tories who found the pull of Court strong enough to override party loyalty.
▪ This was not a small matter when the Army decided to hire large numbers of civilian workers for the base.
▪ Only the Faroese now still hunt them in large numbers.
▪ It has long been appreciated by science that large numbers behave differently than small numbers.
▪ Containing the headmistress's books in large numbers, it was weighted heavily with books from the inter-war years.
▪ Through the securities market, corporations can pool the financial resources of extremely large numbers of people.
part
▪ A large part of the area was sealed off following the arrests as police carried out a fingertip search for bullets.
▪ A large part of the compensation package for our sales people is driven by a sliding commission scale.
▪ They play a large part in moulding the musical tastes of all members of society, including those who go to church.
▪ A large part of the resentment against work wage equity came from the way it was implemented.
▪ The Interior region also included large parts of the dry zone which were sparsely populated, where famine was not uncommon.
▪ In Arizona, Forbes scored an upset victory this week, in large part because of his flat-tax proposal.
▪ Food plays a large part in elderly people's lives.
▪ As it turns out, the fears that govern such organizations derive in large part from invalid or negative core beliefs.
population
▪ Effective though such techniques may be when goat numbers are low, they make little impact on a large population.
▪ Besides proximity to a large population of consumers, the other advantage of the new store is greater efficiency.
▪ And yet this may be part of the price which has to be paid if a larger population is to survive.
▪ To offer only one alternative, total abstention, is to exclude a large population in need of services.
▪ As people lived longer and the death rate fell. a larger population was able to persist.
▪ However, the decision to vaccinate a large population for group C meningococcal disease is difficult.
▪ Traditional circumpolar cultures live on little except animal fare, whilst some of the planet's largest populations are vegetarian.
▪ The idea is to gather data from a subset that reflects the most interesting characteristics of the larger population.
proportion
▪ A large proportion of dwellings constructed beyond the cities since 1960 have been in the owner-occupied sector.
▪ A general authority source is one that has substantial influence on a large proportion of people in a society.
▪ However, women receive lower redundancy payments than men and a larger proportion of them are ineligible for payments altogether.
▪ Such a tax claims both a larger absolute amount and a larger proportion of income as income rises.
▪ A large proportion of the new money has been spent to improve access for scientists.
▪ Moreover, a small number of diseases command a large proportion of the limited resources.
▪ Lose weight more quickly than ever before, because a larger proportion of the calories you consume will remain undigested; 3.
▪ A large proportion of our researchers are therefore unlikely to make major contributions to the literature of their research area.
quantity
▪ Be careful not to accompany your chosen carbohydrate with large quantities of fat.
▪ Being so delicate, it is not available in large quantities commercially.
▪ They were particularly important for the Magnox reactors, which used larger quantities of fuel and had bulkier structures to dismantle.
▪ The defendants stored on their land large quantities of combustible materials which ignited in mysterious circumstances.
▪ Maria, a 5-year-old girl, ate large quantities of material.
▪ At one time Ribeira Brava was the only place in Madeira where cherries were grown in large quantities.
▪ As the local iron ores were being exhausted and the works used larger quantities, these local supplies were not enough.
▪ In addition, London needed a large quantity of fuel - particularly coal - much of which came down the coast from Newcastle.
scale
▪ That, too, was on a larger scale than anything she had ever known.
▪ And because the bank lends on a large scale, its failures are likewise on a large scale.
▪ The Library is becoming a producer of electronic materials on a large scale in its own right.
▪ If it occurs on a sufficiently large scale, either main party might still win an outright majority.
▪ Many libraries on a slightly larger scale than this still survive and flourish outside the public library system.
▪ Its hallmarks were to be found in the large scale of the treated areas and in the integrated nature of the treatment.
▪ There are no serious long-term spent-fuel reprocessing or waste problems nor is there a potential for the large scale release of radioactivity.
▪ Forest survival is thus threatened on a large scale.
sum
▪ Perhaps that explains the large sum in his current account.
▪ Plunging in with both feet and expending large sums on equipment and delicate fishes will almost always result in failure and disappointment.
▪ Euromarkets are mainly wholesale in that large sums are lent or deposited.
▪ But nobody fuses much over daily expenditures on sales and gasoline taxes -- even though they add up to large sums annually.
▪ Usually, this payment would be made four times a year, but for larger sums the process should be quicker.
▪ I hate going to places like Austin and Dubuque to raise large sums of money.
▪ When he is not on the golf course, he is making large sums as a company director.
▪ The immediate investment of a rather large sum of money for the meat supply for several months. 2.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a broader/wider/larger canvas
a good/large part of sth
▪ Married couples make up a large part of the church's congregation.
▪ Checheno-Ingushetia was abolished, and a large part of the Ingushi lands had been ceded to North Ossetia and repopulated by Ossetes.
▪ Had Therese spent a large part of her salary on a dress she would never wear again?
▪ His energies were never enormous, but limited though they were, he used a large part of them outside the business.
▪ Many young people are now attracted to the idea of producing a large part of their own food.
▪ So did a large part of the local population, including Morag Paterson.
▪ So that a large part of every day is not determined by thought at all, it more or less just happens because of habit.
▪ Social services take up a large part of the council budget.
▪ Ten black men took a sledge-hammer to the work, and knocked off a large part of his face.
bulk large
by and large
By and large, most of the people in the town work at the factory.
▪ Also, he worked, by and large, in second-rank bands.
▪ And by and large, they do a fine job.
▪ But as valuable as animals are, they have a serious drawback: by and large, they hate alcohol.
▪ But the truth was that, by and large, the research university focuses its collective intelligence on other matters.
▪ Hodgkin, by and large, just looks as if he's strayed in here and is making lots of noise.
▪ Society seems bitter turmoil, by and large.
▪ The reproducible arts of photography and printmaking still remain, by and large, categorised as lesser arts.
▪ You know, opposites of each other by and large.
in large measure/in some measure
in large part/for the most part
large-sized/medium-sized/pocket-size etc
loom large
▪ My 40th birthday has loomed larger in my mind with each passing day.
▪ And four years after his death, one month short of his 101st birthday in 1993, he looms larger than ever.
▪ Blackmail has always loomed large in intelligence work, but never more so than today.
▪ However, now another objection begins to loom large.
▪ Our man at the Yard Historic landmark buildings loom large in Geoff Lewry's life.
▪ The formal processes of the law, indeed, do not loom large in the field officer's routine activities.
▪ The human factor also looms large in Bamford's presentation of the agency's strengths and weaknesses.
▪ Tragedy looms larger than farce in the United States today.
▪ While practical issues of meshing motherhood with modern life loom large, the greatest challenges are still psychological.
unusually high/large/quiet etc
▪ And that was a peculiar job from that point of view, because it included an unusually large number of fifty-dollar bills.
▪ Chang felt that the surface, which offered an unusually high bounce for an indoor court, suited a baseliner like himself.
▪ Fortunately it was an unusually quiet day at the surgery.
▪ Nevertheless, we had all noticed that for the past week Loi had been unusually quiet.
▪ Nor can local suspicions that the incidence of cancer is unusually high be calmed or confirmed.
▪ These energetic measures produced unusually large sums.
▪ Video-Tape, no voice over SWINDON/Wiltshire A spokesman said the workload is unusually high for the time of year.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
large agricultural corporations
Large numbers of seabirds have been killed by pollution following the oil spillage.
▪ A large population of homeless people live in the park.
▪ A large proportion of the audience consisted of teenaged girls.
▪ Aunt Betsy was a very large woman.
▪ He lived alone on the edge of a large forest.
▪ I bought the largest TV I could find.
▪ On the other side of the fence there was a large bull.
▪ Philip found himself in a large playground surrounded by high brick walls.
▪ She's used to working with large sums of money.
▪ Take the larger cushion to sit on -- you'll be more comfortable.
▪ The largest urban areas in Britain lost population and employment in the 1950s and 60s.
▪ The farm buildings are spread over a large area.
▪ The hotel was quite large and very cold.
▪ What size shirt do you wear? Medium or Large?
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Between five and 15 consultants chosen from a large pool of employees are typically called upon to review any given idea memorandum.
▪ Broken Hill has a large new platinum mine there.
▪ Hughes's activity started in 1975 when he bought three large Texas ranches totaling seven thousand acres.
▪ Leclerc preferred a diplomatic solution to a larger conflict.
▪ Now the stranger was standing on the quayside, watching several straining seamen carry a large, brass-bound chest down the gangplank.
▪ So the farm is well set with its 1000 acres of arable and large dairy herd.
▪ Some of the huts are large enough to serve as dormitories, but most are about the size of a Navajo hogan.
▪ Then they can not have what the larger community regards as the necessary minimum for decency ....
II.verb
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a broader/wider/larger canvas
a good/large part of sth
▪ Married couples make up a large part of the church's congregation.
▪ Checheno-Ingushetia was abolished, and a large part of the Ingushi lands had been ceded to North Ossetia and repopulated by Ossetes.
▪ Had Therese spent a large part of her salary on a dress she would never wear again?
▪ His energies were never enormous, but limited though they were, he used a large part of them outside the business.
▪ Many young people are now attracted to the idea of producing a large part of their own food.
▪ So did a large part of the local population, including Morag Paterson.
▪ So that a large part of every day is not determined by thought at all, it more or less just happens because of habit.
▪ Social services take up a large part of the council budget.
▪ Ten black men took a sledge-hammer to the work, and knocked off a large part of his face.
by and large
By and large, most of the people in the town work at the factory.
▪ Also, he worked, by and large, in second-rank bands.
▪ And by and large, they do a fine job.
▪ But as valuable as animals are, they have a serious drawback: by and large, they hate alcohol.
▪ But the truth was that, by and large, the research university focuses its collective intelligence on other matters.
▪ Hodgkin, by and large, just looks as if he's strayed in here and is making lots of noise.
▪ Society seems bitter turmoil, by and large.
▪ The reproducible arts of photography and printmaking still remain, by and large, categorised as lesser arts.
▪ You know, opposites of each other by and large.
in large measure/in some measure
in large part/for the most part
large-sized/medium-sized/pocket-size etc
unusually high/large/quiet etc
▪ And that was a peculiar job from that point of view, because it included an unusually large number of fifty-dollar bills.
▪ Chang felt that the surface, which offered an unusually high bounce for an indoor court, suited a baseliner like himself.
▪ Fortunately it was an unusually quiet day at the surgery.
▪ Nevertheless, we had all noticed that for the past week Loi had been unusually quiet.
▪ Nor can local suspicions that the incidence of cancer is unusually high be calmed or confirmed.
▪ These energetic measures produced unusually large sums.
▪ Video-Tape, no voice over SWINDON/Wiltshire A spokesman said the workload is unusually high for the time of year.
writ large
▪ Anderson views the United Nations as a democracy writ large.
▪ How is it possible that life writ large could be optimizing conditions for its own uses?
▪ In it judgement was writ large.
▪ It is old-style materialism writ large.
▪ Many of the processes are like ordinary domestic engineering writ large.
▪ Opponents of the new law depicted it as tracking writ large.
▪ The decoration is lavish as befits a bejewelled reliquary writ large.
▪ The idea that femininity is in the first place to be associated with motherhood is simply writ large.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Large

Large \Large\, adv. Freely; licentiously. [Obs.]
--Chaucer.

Large

Large \Large\, n. (Mus.) A musical note, formerly in use, equal to two longs, four breves, or eight semibreves.

Large

Large \Large\ (l[aum]rj), a. [Compar. Larger (l[aum]r"j[~e]r); superl. Largest.] [F., fr. L. largus. Cf. Largo.]

  1. Exceeding most other things of like kind in bulk, capacity, quantity, superficial dimensions, or number of constituent units; big; great; capacious; extensive; -- opposed to small; as, a large 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.

    Note: 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.

  2. Abundant; ample; as, a large supply of provisions.

    We have yet large day.
    --Milton.

  3. Full in statement; diffuse; full; profuse.

    I might be very large upon the importance and advantages of education.
    --Felton.

  4. Having more than usual power or capacity; having broad sympathies and generous impulses; comprehensive; -- said of the mind and heart.

  5. Free; unembarrassed. [Obs.]

    Of burdens all he set the Paynims large.
    --Fairfax.

  6. Unrestrained by decorum; -- said of language. [Obs.] ``Some large jests he will make.''
    --Shak.

  7. Prodigal in expending; lavish. [Obs.]
    --Chaucer.

  8. (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. At large.

    1. Without restraint or confinement; as, to go at large; to be left at large.

    2. Diffusely; fully; in the full extent; as, to discourse on a subject at large.

      Common at large. See under Common, n.

      Electors at large, Representative at large, electors, or a representative, as in Congress, chosen to represent the whole of a State, in distinction from those chosen to represent particular districts in a State. [U. S.]

      To give large, To go large, To run large, or To sail large (Naut.), to have the wind crossing the direction of a vessel's course in such a way that the sails feel its full force, and the vessel gains its highest speed. See Large, a., 8.

      Syn: Big; bulky; huge; capacious; comprehensive; ample; abundant; plentiful; populous; copious; diffusive; liberal.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
large

c.1200, "bountiful, inclined to give or spend freely," also, of areas, "great in expanse," from Old French large "broad, wide; generous, bounteous," from Latin largus "abundant, copious, plentiful; bountiful, liberal in giving," of unknown origin. Main modern meanings "extensive; big in overall size" emerged 14c. An older sense of "liberated, free from restraining influence" is preserved in at large (late 14c.). Adjective phrase larger-than-life first attested 1937 (bigger than life is from 1640s).

Wiktionary
large

a. Of considerable or relatively great size or extent. n. 1 (context music obsolete English) An old musical note, equal to two longas, four breves, or eight semibreves. 2 (context obsolete English) liberality, generosity. 3 (context slang plural: '''large''' English) A thousand dollars. 4 A large serving of something.

WordNet
large
  1. adj. 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" [syn: big] [ant: small, small]

  2. fairly large or important in effect; influential; "played a large role in the negotiations"

  3. large enough to be visible to the naked eye [syn: macroscopic, macroscopical] [ant: microscopic]

  4. ostentatiously lofty in style; "a man given to large talk"; "tumid political prose" [syn: bombastic, declamatory, orotund, tumid, turgid]

  5. 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" [syn: big, magnanimous]

  6. 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" [syn: big, prominent]

  7. having broad power and range and scope; "taking the large view"; "a large effect"; "a large sympathy"

  8. in an advanced stage of pregnancy; "was big with child"; "was great with child" [syn: big(p), enceinte, expectant, gravid, great(p), large(p), heavy(p), with child(p)]

large

n. a garment size for a large person

large
  1. adv. at a distance, wide of something (as of a mark)

  2. with the wind abaft the beam; "a ship sailing large"

  3. in a boastful manner; "he talked big all evening" [syn: boastfully, vauntingly, big]

Wikipedia
LARGE

Glycosyltransferase-like protein LARGE1 is an enzyme that in humans is encoded by the LARGE gene.

Large (film)

Large is a 2001 feature film directed by Justin Edgar for FilmFour.

Large (surname)

Large is an English surname, with variants including Lardge, Lurge, and Large. Its meaning is variable, though it may derive from the Norman French adjective, large (meaning "generous" or "big" [as in, "that's big of you", meaning generous, as well as large in size]), as it is found in the surname "le Large" in English records dating back as far as the 13th century. Harrison's work on English surnames gives the following: "LARGE (adjectival: French, Latin) BIG; GENEROUS [Middle English Old French large; Latin larg-us, -a, [meaning] abundant, liberal]"

He gives an early citation for the name: Austin Belz from the Hundred Rolls, a reference dating to 1273.

He also provides a quotation showing the word in its older sense of generous, full, liberal or ample in its literary context:

So large of yift [gift] and free was she (from Chaucer's Romance of the Rose I168)

Another variant surname, "de Large", appears to be continental European rather than English in origin.

Henry Brougham Guppy's survey circa 1881, based on local British directories, places Large as a surname local to North Wiltshire, and considers it to have particular prevalence among yeoman farmers.(Guppy, 1890)

According to the International Genealogical Index, the surname is also found in many other English counties; in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and other English language countries; in France and Germany, and, more rarely, in the Scandinavian countries. Large is also found in Latin America countries such as Colombia where all families surnamed Large are related.

People with the name Large, or one of its variants, include:

Usage examples of "large".

The belly shimmered and disappeared, and through it Alexander could see a large room with a vaulted window, opening on to a night-dark sky ablaze with stars.

But, as it was, he ably supported the exposed flank that Johnston so skillfully attacked, won the battle, inflicted losses a good deal larger than his own, and gained his ulterior objective as well as if there had not been a fight at all.

The baying was very faint now, and it ceased altogether as I approached the ancient grave I had once violated, and frightened away an abnormally large horde of bats which had been hovering curiously around it.

A large eel suddenly broke the surface tearing at the side of my abraided leg.

She showed me a large bruise on her left thigh and healing abrasions on her left knee.

The same can be done on a larger scale, bringing the message of Abraxas to millions.

On the 17th of April the Essex came in sight of Chatham Island, one of the largest, and remained cruising in the neighborhood of the group till the beginning of June, when want of water compelled her to go to Tumbez, a port on the continent just abreast of the Galapagos.

In those documents we find the abridgment of the existing right of suffrage and the denial to the people of all right to participate in the selection of public officers except the legislative boldly advocated, with labored arguments to prove that large control of the people in government is the source of all political evil.

In those documents we find the abridgment of the existing right of suffrage, and the denial to the people of all right to participate in the selection of public officers, except the legislature, boldly advocated, with labored argument to prove that large control of the people in government is the source of all political evil.

On the twenty-sixth day an abscess formed on the left side below the nipple, and from it was discharged a large quantity of pus and blood.

It appears from these several facts that digitaline causes inflection, and poisons the glands which absorb a moderately large amount.

Tim had always found himself especially attuned to the deserted charms of Candie Gardens in winter, enjoying the bare traceries of the trees and the widened harbour view, the few points of colour against the monochrome background - the red and pink of the camellias near the top gate, the hanging yellow bells of the winter-flowering abutilon with their red clappers, even the iridescence of the mallard drake circling the largest of the ponds with his speckled mate.

With few forces to spare, no more than an armored cavalry regiment would initially be deployed in the vast province abutting an unfriendly country and including large Sunni cities.

But certain it is that Netherlandish illumination, in its border foliages, after the taste for the larger vine and acanthus leaf had superseded the ivy, the drawing is studiously sculpturesque.

Physicists are now constructing a mammoth accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland, called the Large Hadron Collider.