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Large, 1) of great size or dimensions: “whose will is l. and spacious,” Sonn. 135, 5 (quibbling). my library “was dukedom l. enough,” Tp. I, 2, 110. “the world's l. tongue,” LLL V, 2, 852 (== the l. world's tongue). “thy fair l. ears,” Mids. IV, 1, 4. “the l. composition of this man,” John I, 88. “this little abstract doth contain that l. which died in Geffrey,” II, 101. “here's a l. mouth,” II, 457. “my l. kingdom for a little grave,” R2 III, 3, 153. “l. proportion of his limbs,” H6A II, 3, 21. “the l. Achilles,” Troil. I, 3, 162. “the world's l. spaces,” II, 2, 162. “his l. and portly size,” IV, 5, 162. “our l. temples,” Cor. III, 3, 36. “l. cicatrices,” II, 1, 164; cf. “l. hurts,” Tim. III, 5, 109.
2) extensive, reaching far, going a great way, not confined within narrow bounds: “take heed of this l. privilege,” Sonn. 95, 13; cf. Meas. I, 4, 2. “whose will is l.” Sonn. 135, 5 (quibbling). “as l. a charter as the wind, to blow on whom I please,” As II, 7, 48. “your praises are too l.” Wint. IV, 4, 147. “make our peace upon such l. terms,” H4B IV, 1, 186. “ruling in l. and ample empery,” H5 I, 2, 226. “you sent a l. commission,” H8 III, 2, 320. “fair leave and l. security,” Troil. I, 3, 223. “fell to a l. confession,” III, 2, 161. “the mighty space of our l. honours,” Caes. IV, 3, 25. “with a --r tether may he walk,” Hml. I, 3, 125. “He that made us with such l. discourse,” IV, 4, 36. “your l. speeches,” Lr. I, 1, 187. “to --r reach,” Oth. III, 3, 219. “a restitution l. of gold and jewels,” V, 1, 15. l. confusion in Tim. IV, 3, 127 == wide-spreading ruin; cf. “not all the whips of heaven are l. enough,” V, 1, 64.
3) unrestrained, free, and in a bad sense == licentious: “be l. in mirth,” Mcb. III, 4, 11. “some l. jests he will make,” Ado II, 3, 206. “I never tempted her with word too large,” IV, 1, 53. “thou wouldst else have made thy tale l.” Rom. II, 4, 102 (quibbling). “most l. in his abominations,” Ant. III, 6, 93.
4) great, considerable: “to leap l. lengths of miles,” Sonn. 44, 10; cf. John I, 105. “why so l. cost,” Sonn. 146, 5. “a dowry l. enough,” John II, 469; cf. H6A V, 1, 20. “thou dost consent in some l. measure,” R2 I, 2, 26. “l. sums of gold,” I, 4, 50; cf. H6B I, 1, 129. “it lends a --r dare to our great enterprise,” H4A IV, 1, 78. “l. fines,” H6A I, 3, 64. “whose l. style agrees not with the leanness of his purse,” H6B I, 1, 111. “l. gifts,” IV, 7, 76. “l. pay,” H6C IV, 7, 88. “l. fortune,” Tim. I, 1, 55; cf. Ant. II, 6, 34. “upon l. interest,” Tim. III, 5, 108. “a l. expense of time,” Mcb. V, 8, 60. “our --st bounty,” Lr. I, 1, 53. “the l. effects that troop with majesty,” Lr. I, 1, 53 “a more --r list of sceptres,” Ant. III, 6, 76.
At l. == 1) by the great, on a large scale: “a land itself at l., a potent dukedom,” As V, 4, 175. “there is seen the baby figure of the giant mass of things to come at l.” Troil. I, 3, 346. 2) without restriction: “so to the laws at l. I write my name,” LLL I, 1, 156. “in grant of all demands at l.” H5 II, 4, 121. “we shall meet and break our minds at l.” H6A I, 3, 81. 3) diffusely, not in a summary way, in detail, dwelling on particulars: Gent. III, 1, 253. III, 2, 61. Wiv. IV, 6, 18. Err. IV, 4, 146. V, 395. Mids. V, 152. R2 III, 1, 41. V, 6, 10. H4B IV, 4, 101. H5 I, 1, 78. Per. I, 1, 1. V, 1, 62. “more at l.” H6A I, 1, 109. II, 5, 59. H6B II, 1, 177. “so at l.” H6A V, 1, 42.
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