at large

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Etymology[edit]

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.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, vol.I, New York 2001, p.236:
      The like example I find in Lælius à Fonte Eugubinus, consult. 129 […]. Read in him the story at large.
  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.

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