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size

noun \ ˈsīz \

Definition of size

1 dialectal British :assize 2a usually used in plural
2 obsolete :a fixed portion of food or drink
3 a :physical magnitude, extent, or bulk :relative or proportionate dimensions
b :relative aggregate amount or number
c :considerable proportions :bigness
4 :one of a series of graduated measures especially of manufactured articles (as of clothing) conventionally identified by numbers or letters
  • a size seven hat
5 :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
6 :actual state of affairs
  • that's about the size of it

Origin and Etymology of size

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

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size

verb

Definition of size

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

First Known Use of size

1609


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size

adjective \ ˈsīz , ˌsīz \

Definition of size

:sized usually used in combination

First Known Use of size

1848


4

size

noun \ ˈsīz \

Definition of size

: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)

Origin and Etymology of size

Middle English sise

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size

verb

Definition of size

sized; sizing
transitive verb
:to cover, stiffen, or glaze with or as if with size

First Known Use of size

1667

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SIZE Defined for English Language Learners

size

adjective

Definition of size for English Language Learners

  • : having a specified size


SIZE Defined for Kids

size

noun \ ˈsīz \

Definition of size for Students

1 :amount of space occupied by someone or something :how large or small someone or something is
  • … the sword … was just the right size and weight for Peter to use.
  • —C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
2 :the number or amount of people or things
  • The population grows in size.
3 :one of a series of measures especially of manufactured articles (as clothing)


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