major Definition

  • 1greater in size, extent, or importance
  • 2a student's principal subject or course of study
  • 3a military rank above captain and below lieutenant colonel

Using major: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "major" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company made a major announcement about its future plans.

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    She has a major role in the project.

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    I'm a major in biology.

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    He was promoted to major last year.

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    The majority of the students are majoring in business.

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    My major concern is the safety of my family.

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    The major part of the budget goes to salaries.

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    Major General Smith will be leading the operation.

major Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using major

  • the highest level of achievement or success in a particular field


    After years of hard work, she finally made it to the majors.

  • go for the jugular

    to attack fiercely and ruthlessly in order to achieve victory


    In the debate, the candidate went for the jugular and attacked his opponent's character.

  • to exaggerate a minor problem and make it seem much more serious than it really is


    She always makes a mountain out of a molehill and worries too much about small things.

Phrases with major

  • to specialize in a particular subject or field of study as a student


    She decided to major in psychology.

  • to focus on or give special attention to a particular subject or issue


    The speech will major on the economy.

  • major league

    the highest level of professional sports leagues in North America


    He plays in the major leagues.

Origins of major

from Latin 'major', meaning 'greater'


Summary: major in Brief

The term 'major' [ˈmeɪdʒər] refers to something greater in size, extent, or importance. It can also refer to a student's principal subject or course of study, or a military rank above captain and below lieutenant colonel. Examples include 'The company made a major announcement about its future plans.' and 'I'm a major in biology.' Phrases like 'major in' and idioms like 'the majors' are common. 'Major' is often used formally and informally to denote importance.

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