What’s the difference between ‘macro’ and ‘micro’? They sound similar, but they mean two totally different things. We’ll cover the definition and meaning of both words, plus you’ll see examples of how to use them both in a sentence correctly.
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As you can see, they have opposite meanings.
So, you’ve learned that ‘macro’ and ‘micro’ are opposites and have opposite meanings.
‘Macro’ means large, and ‘micro’ means small.
You might’ve heard the terms ‘microeconomics’ and ‘macroeconomics.’ Remembering the difference might seem complicated. However, to clear that up, microeconomics and macroeconomics are two categories of economics.
‘Microeconomics’ refers to the study of individuals and business decisions.
‘Macroeconomics’ refers to the decisions of countries and governments.
As you can see, ‘microeconomics’ studies the economy on a smaller scale, while ‘macroeconomics’ studies the economy on a larger scale.
The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘macro’ is: “being large, thick, or exceptionally prominent,” “of, involving, or intended for use with relatively large quantities or on a large scale,” “of or relating to macroeconomics,” “gross,” and “of or relating to a macro lens or close-up photography.”
It also means: “a single computer instruction that stands for a sequence of operations” and “large: on a large scale,” and “often used in compounds with a corresponding compound formed with micro-.”
The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘micro’ is: “very small,” “microscopic,” and “involving minute quantities or variations.”
Now that we know the meaning of both words, we can take a look at some examples of how to use them in a sentence correctly.
Here’s how you’d use ‘macro’ in a sentence:
Now, let’s see some examples of how to use ‘micro’ in a sentence:
Now that you know the meaning of both words and you have examples of how to use them both correctly in a sentence, you should have no problem doing the same.
If you ever get stuck, you can always come back here and refresh your memory. We’ve got a ton of content dedicated to explaining common confusing words you might come across when learning (or brushing up on) your American English.