Major is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of major, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943)
EXAMPLES - Major in a Sentence
- That's not what you call a major thing in terms of ... (source)
- A _major triad_ has a major third and a perfect fifth, _i. e. (source)
- His best finish in a major is a tie for seventh at the '92 U.S. (source)
- Woods in his Sunday red at a major is a golfing tyrannosaurus rex. (source)
- She's in Washington today giving what she calls a major policy speech on Iraq. (source)
- He used that today regarding what he calls a major step toward health care reform. (source)
- COOPER: Just ahead: He was a Wall Street bigwig, what they call a major market-maker. (source)
- COOPER: Just ahead, he was a Wall Street big wig, what they call a major market maker. (source)
- For the third straight day, Mr. Obama made what he called a major economic announcement. (source)
- But Rumsfeld qualifies the 4/18 with the term major violence, so I took the same liberty. (source)
- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has delivered what he called a major address on the war. (source)
- Senator Hillary Clinton in Washington delivering what she calls a major policy speech on Iraq. (source)
- Police arrested seven Soweto men on Tuesday last week in what they called a major breakthrough. (source)
- Senator Hillary Clinton, in Washington delivering what she calls a major policy speech on Iraq this hour. (source)
- Senator Hillary Clinton is in Washington delivering what she calls a major policy speech on Iraq this hour. (source)
- I rank what I describe as the major categories of legal scholarship from a low of (1) to a high of (10) as follows: (source)
- The commission was also considering what it described as major recommendations in financial planning and management. (source)
- Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due to make what he called a major speech to lay out his plan for the country's peace and security. (source)
- Canada did not attend the session, having promised to boycott the chairmanship of what it called a major proliferator of nuclear weapons. (source)
- "The Washington Post" has awarded Senator Clinton Four Pinocchios for this story about Bosnia, which it hands out for what it calls major whoppers. (source)
- In December 2010, U.S. officials announced that they had charged more than 500 people in what they described as a major nationwide sweep of scam artists. (source)
- If the Bill was not tabled by the set date, Mboweni said, it would likely be withdrawn from the table for this year, with what he described as major consequences. (source)
- "We don't intend to give up what we have created," he said of what he described as major losses suffered recently by the Taliban in one of their traditional heartlands. (source)
- There are only about two-dozen panels, none of which are secondary or tertiary, and what I identified as the major themes, are the major themes identified in the exhibit. (source)
- The university also reported what it called a major violation to the N.C.A.A. There is a chance that the N.C.A.A. could impose further penalties on Tressel and Ohio State. (source)
- From 2007 to 2008, police saw a 4 percent reduction citywide in what they classify as major crimes: murder, rapes, robbery, aggravated assaults, burglary, auto theft and larceny. (source)
- BEIJING - China, inwhat it called a major step in financial reforms, published figures on its money suppy for the first time since 1949 and promised to do so more regularly in the future. (source)
- The same day in a different case, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the results of a three-year investigation of what it called a major Los Angeles-based human trafficking ring. (source)
- The Aquino government took what it called a major step against corruption on Nov. 18, when Mrs. Arroyo was arrested on charges of tampering with the results of congressional elections in 2007. (source)
- A recent ABC poll showed that around 70% of Americans are so fed up with the party and policies of disaster that they want what they characterize as major new programs of change as soon as possible. (source)
- Page 168 spurred his charger to them and gave them a cordial greeting, after which he called a major of his staff and directed him to take them to his headquarters and see that every comfort be given them. (source)
- In late September he wrote an op-ed piece for The Washington Post obviously as a favor to the Bush campaign, in which he applauded what he called major progress by the Iraqi military, Iraqi police and Iraqi leadership. (source)
- Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, told CNN earlier today that he thinks Casey made mistakes but should not be held responsible of what he termed the major policy mistakes of the administration -- Lou. (source)
- I've been trying to check some of the latest weather balloon observations to see if there is what we call a major inversion there that actually would keep any kind of -- if you've ever gone down the (INAUDIBLE) there is there an odor there. (source)
- For the third straight day, Mr. Obama plans to make what he calls a major economic announcement, dominating the policy news during Thanksgiving week and trying to fill a policy vacuum that has left the nation's financial markets in an uneasy swoon. (source)
- Announcing what he called a major breakthrough in police investigations, Law and Order Minister Hernus Kriel also said ballistic tests had proved that weapons used in the Heidelberg attack and weapons used in the St James Church masscare were identical. (source)
- Chief Executive Norbert Reithofer, speaking at the luxury-car maker's annual press conference, said BMW would continue to strive for improved performance despite what he called major challenges: the strong euro, a U.S. economic slowdown and rising prices for raw materials such as steel and oil. (source)
- This time yesterday, the mood was optimistic as a bipartisan group of senators prepared to announce what they described as a major breakthrough on what, until then, had been the main stumbling block in trying to get comprehensive immigration reform, and that was what to about what -- between 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States. (source)
- CHILCOTE: The prime minister also announced what he described as a major crackdown on militants in the Iraqi capital, really only outlining it in the broadest brushes, though, saying that this plan would include going after rogue elements, perhaps the suggestion that this time the government plans on going after the illegal militias, the mostly Shiite illegal militias here in the capital that have been blamed for a lot of the sectarian killings. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 58.0, which suggests that "major" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 28 synonyms for major.
above, better, big, chief, considerable, dominant, elder, exceeding, extensive, extreme, greater, hefty, higher, large, large-scale, larger, leading, main, most, oversized, primary, senior, sizable, superior, supreme, ultra, upper, uppermost
We have 16 antonyms for major.
below, humble, inconsiderable, inferior, insignificant, junior, lesser, little, lower, minor, secondary, short, small, subordinate, tiny, unimportant
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of major from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Greater than others in importance or rank: a major artist.
- (adjective) Great in scope or effect: a major improvement.
- (adjective) Great in number, size, or extent: the major portion of the population.
- (adjective) Requiring great attention or concern; very serious: a major illness.
- (adjective) Law Having attained full legal age.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) a military rank between captain and lieutenant colonel
- (adjective) Of great significance or importance.
- (adjective) Being the larger of two intervals denoted by the same ordinal number.
- (adjective) Containing the note which is a major third (four half steps) above the tonic.
- (noun) The main area of study of a student working toward a degree at a college or university.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (None) Greater in number, quantity, or extent
- (None) Of greater dignity; more important.
- (None) Of full legal age; adult.
- (None) Greater by a semitone, either in interval or in difference of pitch from another tone.
- (noun) An officer next in rank above a captain and next below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Greater; more important or effective; first in force or consideration; leading; principal: as, the major premise or term of a syllogism.
- (None) Greater in quantity, number, or extent: as, the major part of the revenue, of an assembly, or of a territory.
- (None) Of age; having attained to majority.
- (None) In music
- (None) Of intervals, standard or normal; literally “greater,” as compared with minor intervals.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943)
- (adjective) of greater importance or stature or rank
- (noun) a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain
- (adjective) greater in scope or effect
- (verb) have as one's principal field of study