# MS Excel: LARGE Function (WS)

This Excel tutorial explains how to use the Excel LARGE function with syntax and examples.

## Description

The Microsoft Excel LARGE function returns the nth largest value from a set of values.

## Syntax

The syntax for the LARGE function in Microsoft Excel is:

`LARGE( array, nth_position )`

### Parameters or Arguments

array
A range or array from which you want to return the nth largest value.
nth_position
The position from the largest to return.

Note:

• If nth_position is larger than the number of values in array, the LARGE function will return the #NUM! error.
• If array is empty, the LARGE function will return the #NUM! error.

## Applies To

The LARGE function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Excel:

• Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000

## Type of Excel Function

The LARGE function can be used in Microsoft Excel as the following type of function:

• Worksheet function (WS)

## Example (as Worksheet Function)

Let's look at some Excel LARGE function examples and explore how to use the LARGE function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

Based on the Excel spreadsheet above, the following LARGE examples would return:

```=LARGE(A1:A5, 1)
Result: 32

=LARGE(A1:A5, 2)
Result: 8

=LARGE(A1:A5, 3)
Result: 5.7

=LARGE(A1:A5, 4)
Result: 4

=LARGE(A1:A5, 5)
Result: -2.3

=LARGE({6, 23, 5, 2.3}, 2)
Result: 6```
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