1 big, great, broad, stout, heavy, thickset, chunky, stocky, heavy-set, brawny, husky, sturdy, hefty, muscular, strapping, burly, solid, weighty, corpulent, fat, obese, rotund, portly, adipose, beamy, overweight:
Two large gentlemen came up and offered to help me find the door.
2 big, generous, bountiful, charitable, eleemosynary, philanthropic, open-handed, magnanimous, munificent, unselfish, big-hearted, large-hearted, substantial, considerable, ample, beneficent, liberal; goodly, kind, good; Colloq tidy:
We have to thank Mr Wilson for large donations to our Christmas fund
3 big, huge, ample, enormous, gigantic, immense, colossal, monumental, massive, mammoth, Brobdingnagian, gargantuan, elephantine, monstrous, staggering, sizeable, substantial, wide, broad, capacious, extensive, Colloq jumbo, US humongous, ginormous:
The house has a large dining room. Supertankers are the largest ships afloat.
4 big, prominently, overwhelmingly, imposingly, eminently, pre-eminently:
The problem looms large in the history of biology.
5 at large.
(a) free, unfettered, at liberty, on the loose, unconfined, unrestrained:
One of the robbers is still at large.
(b) generally, mainly, in general, chiefly, as a whole, in a body, altogether, in the main:
The people at large support reductions in taxes.