size

1 of 5

noun (1)

1
a
: physical magnitude, extent, or bulk : relative or proportionate dimensions
b
: relative aggregate amount or number
c
: considerable proportions : bigness
2
: one of a series of graduated measures especially of manufactured articles (as of clothing) conventionally identified by numbers or letters
a size seven hat
3
: character, quality, or status of a person or thing especially with reference to importance, relative merit, or correspondence to needs
Try this idea on for size.
4
: actual state of affairs
That's about the size of it.
5
dialectal British : assize sense 2a
usually used in plural
6
obsolete : a fixed portion of food or drink

size

2 of 5

verb (1)

sized; sizing

transitive verb

1
: to make a particular size : bring to proper or suitable size
2
: to arrange, grade, or classify according to size or bulk

intransitive verb

: to equal in size or other particular characteristic : compare
usually used with up and often with to or with

size

3 of 5

adjective

ˈsīz How to pronounce size (audio)
ˌsīz
: sized
usually used in combination

size

4 of 5

noun (2)

: any of various glutinous materials (such as preparations of glue, flour, varnish, or resins) used for filling the pores in surfaces (as of paper, textiles, leather, or plaster) or for applying color or metal leaf (as to book edges or covers)

size

5 of 5

verb (2)

sized; sizing

transitive verb

: to cover, stiffen, or glaze with or as if with size

Examples of size in a Sentence

Noun (1) we worried that the immense size of the sofa would make getting it through the doorway impossible Noun (2) coated the fabric with size before applying it to the wall
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Four sizes are available: twin, queen, king, and California king. Blake Bakkila, Architectural Digest, 3 July 2024 In adding Bryant last summer in free agency from the Denver Nuggets, Heat president Pat Riley spoke glowingly of Bryant’s 6-10, 255-pound size adding the type of element the team lacked in falling 4-1 to Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets in the 2023 NBA Finals. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 3 July 2024
Verb
Choose from 14 colors, including both neutrals and bright shades, and sizes 4–11. Emily Weaver, Peoplemag, 28 June 2024 Best of all, this is a great size-inclusive option with sizing ranging from S to 5XL. Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 26 June 2024
Adjective
While the largest banks remain well capitalized and safe, and the size diversity of the country’s banking system should be preserved, more may need to be done in overseeing mid-size banks and the nonbank sector. Catarina Saraiva, Fortune, 29 June 2023 Mobile made the list for mid-size metros, landing at number 12 behind Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 7 Apr. 2023 See all Example Sentences for size 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English sise assize, from Anglo-French, short for assise — more at assize

Noun (2)

Middle English sise

First Known Use

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Verb (1)

1609, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

1848, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1667, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of size was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near size

Cite this Entry

“Size.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/size. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

size

1 of 5 noun
1
: physical extent or bulk
2
a
: the measurements of a thing
b
: relative amount or number
3
: one of a series of measures especially of manufactured articles (as of clothing) usually identified by numbers or letters

size

2 of 5 verb
sized; sizing
1
: to make a particular size
2
: to arrange, grade, or classify according to size
3
: to form a judgment of
used with up
sizing up the candidates

size

3 of 5 adjective
ˈsīz How to pronounce size (audio)
ˌsīz
: sized sense 1
medium-size

size

4 of 5 noun
: a gluey material (as a preparation of glue, flour, or varnish) used for filling the pores in a surface (as of plaster), as a stiffener (as of fabric), or as an adhesive

size

5 of 5 verb
sized; sizing
: to apply size to
Etymology

Noun

Middle English sise "a law, a law controlling weights and measures used in the marketplace, a fixed portion of food and drink," from early French sise (same meaning), from earlier assise "a lawmaking session, legal action," from asseoir "to seat," derived from Latin assidere "to sit beside, assist (a judge)," from ad- "toward, near" and sedēre "to sit"

Noun

Middle English sise "something gluey used as a filler, stiffener, or adhesive"

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