at large

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From Old French au large (“at liberty” and other senses)

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at large

  1. (idiomatic) On the loose; roaming freely; not confined.
    For a nervous twenty-four hours, three wanted criminals were at large in the city.
    The ambassador-at-large was designated to the Middle East as a region, rather than to a specific country.
  2. (obsolete) In full, fully.
  3. In general; as a whole.
    Some people support the measure, but the community at large will probably be against it.
  4. (US, politics, of an election) Having an electorate across multiple districts.
    The city has five city council districts; however, the mayor is elected at large.