large vs important : Common Errors in English

About large vs important

In colloquial speech it’s perfectly normal to refer to something as a “big problem,” but when people create analogous expressions in writing, the result is awkward. Don’t write “this is a large issue for our firm” when what you mean is “this is an important issue for our firm.” Size and intensity are not synonymous.

large Meaning(s)

  • (n) a garment size for a large person
  • (a) above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
  • (s) fairly large or important in effect; influential
  • (s) ostentatiously lofty in style
  • (s) generous and understanding and tolerant
  • (s) conspicuous in position or importance
  • (s) having broad power and range and scope
  • (s) in an advanced stage of pregnancy
  • (r) at a distance, wide of something (as of a mark)
  • (r) with the wind abaft the beam
  • (r) in a boastful manner

important Meaning(s)

  • (a) of great significance or value
  • (a) important in effect or meaning
  • (a) of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis
  • (s) having authority or ascendancy or influence
  • (s) having or suggesting a consciousness of high position

large in News

  1. Large piece of concrete blocks I-4 in Orlando

    A flatbed truck carrying a very large piece of concrete dumped its load on Interstate 4 in Orlando, causing major traffic delays. The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the westbound lanes of I-4 near Orange Blossom Trail. Florida Department of Transportation officials said a chain, which was holding the slab in place, broke, causing the 50-foot-by-10-foot slab weighing 54,000 ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Local 6 Orlando

  2. Large animal shelter open in Calhan for fire evacuees

    El Paso County has opened a shelter to meet the demand for large animal care generated by the Black Forest Wildfire. The shelter opened Wednesday at the county fairgrounds in Calhan.  Space is filling quickly because of the demand, but the shelter provides space, food and water for horses and other large animals. The shelter is operated by the Community Animal Response Team, a volunteer group ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: KRDO Colorado Springs

  3. Large Sale of Real Estate Fund Positions

    Large Sale of Real Estate Fund Positions
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Nasdaq

important in News

  1. Video: Most important game -- Missouri

    Missouri's most important game in 2013 is the Nov. 2 home game against Tennessee.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: ESPN Blogs

  2. Most important game: Virginia Tech

    Our “most important game series” continues today with the Hokies: Virginia Tech Most important game: Sept. 26 at Georgia Tech Why it’s important: Because this is the first real chance for the Hokies to prove they’re good enough to be relevant in the conference race again. After the most disappointing season in 20 years, Virginia Tech will start its quest for redemption in a meaningful ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: ESPN Blogs

  3. Most important game: Virginia Cavaliers

    Our “most important game” series continues today with Virginia: Virginia Most important game: Nov. 30 vs. Virginia Tech. Why it’s important: The Commonwealth Cup doesn’t even know where Charlottesville is anymore. Look, few if any outside the program are expecting this to be a banner year for Virginia. The Hoos just lost another quarterback in Phillip Sims, they have new offensive and defensive ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: ESPN Blogs

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